At SL Cosmetic and General Dentistry in Renton, Washington, Shaun S. Lee, DDS is an expert in tooth extraction. Whenever possible, he’ll preserve original teeth through fillings, crowns, or root canals. If an extraction is necessary, his expert care, modern technologies, and caring team will ensure the process is as comfortable as possible.
A tooth extraction may be necessary if:
For baby teeth, and other teeth that are visible above the gum line, Dr. Lee performs a simple extraction, loosening the tooth and removing it. Most patients only need local anesthetic for this straight-forward procedure.
If the tooth is broken or below the gum line, it may require surgical extraction. During this procedure, Dr. Lee will make a small incision into the gums. In some cases, he may need to cut the tooth in half or remove a small amount of surrounding bone or tissue in order to safely extract the tooth. Because a surgical extraction can be a more complicated procedure, some patients opt for dental sedation in addition to local anesthetic in order to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.
After a tooth extraction, you’ll likely experience some swelling and tenderness for several days, especially if you had a surgical extraction. Alleviate any pain and discomfort by applying a cold compress to your face -- near the location of your extraction -- and taking over-the-counter pain medications as directed by Dr. Lee and his team. Most patients can return to work and normal activities within a couple days.