Issaquah, WA

The teeth are the strongest substance in the human body. They can stand up to a significant amount of use every single day. While strong, the teeth are still susceptible to physical damage and decay, issues that can have severe consequences for your oral and your overall health. When teeth are damaged, restoring them is always the preferred option, which keeps them in their sockets. However, if the damage is too severe, saving the affected teeth may not be possible, and can pose significant risks to your health. At Lake Sammamish Family Dentistry, we can help in situations like these with extractions.

Is an Extraction Necessary?

Severely damaged and decayed teeth pose significant oral and overall health risks. Without treatment, these issues can lead to further damage, severe pain, and infections. Infections are caused when bacteria in your mouth travel through damage into the inner layers of your teeth. Once inside, the bacteria begin to multiply at attack the pulp, leading to irritation and inflammation. Bacteria can also travel in the bloodstream, causing serious health complications including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

How Do I Know if I Need an Extraction?

When you have damaged teeth, getting treatment immediately is a must. We first perform a thorough oral exam to assess the extent of the damage. We look over the teeth and check the gums for symptoms of an infection. We also take X-rays, which provide us with a view of your jawbone and the roots of your teeth. There, we can see root damage, bone damage, and signs of infection such as abscesses. Extractions are often recommended if:
•  Cracks travel below the gum line, or the damage is solely located in the roots.
•  The teeth are completely split in half.
•  You have a shattered tooth.
•  You have a severely decayed tooth that is at risk of shattering with a filling and does not have enough structure to support a crown.
•  You have impacted wisdom teeth.
•  You need space to correct overcrowding.

Extracting Your Teeth

There are two ways in which teeth can be extracted. One method is with a simple extraction. This type of extraction is a straightforward procedure performed under a local anesthetic. The tooth is gripped and moved back and forth to widen the periodontal ligament. This loosens the tooth and allows us to then lift it free from the socket. The other option is a surgical extraction. This type of extraction is typically performed in more complex situations, such as teeth that are shattered, stuck under the gums, or blocked. Sedation is often used in conjunction with a local anesthetic. Next, incisions are made in the gums to expose the roots of the damaged teeth and the supporting jawbone. We then work to remove the teeth. This sometimes involves removing blockages or sectioning the tooth and removing it in pieces. Once the tooth is removed, the gums are sutured closed. Whether you have damaged teeth extracted using a simple extraction or a surgical extraction, it is important that you have them replaced. During your consultation, your options for replacement are discussed. We go over the pros and cons of each type and help to choose the best option for you. If you have teeth that are damaged beyond repair, extracting them is typically the only option available for protecting your oral and overall health. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Lake Sammamish Family Dentistry today at (425) 270-1075.
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5712 E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE
, Issaquah, WA 98029
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Mon–Thurs: 7am–6pm
Friday: By Appointment
Saturday: 2nd Sat each month
Sunday: CLOSED
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(425) 270-1075

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