In situations where teeth have sustained irreparable damage from extreme decay, periodontal disease or unresponsive root canals, a tooth may need to be extracted. Teeth may also need to be extracted in order to create space for orthodontic procedures.

When a dental extraction is performed, the patient is first given anesthetic by injection to numb the tooth and surrounding area. After the numbing has taken effect, no pain should be felt during the extraction, although you may feel some pressure. Next, the tooth will be extracted either with a rocking motion or by being sectioned and comfortably removed in pieces.

After a tooth extraction, it is crucial to follow the after-care instructions that our team will provide you. Failing to do so may result in complications, infection or dry socket.

Once the jaw has recovered from the extraction and healed completely, it may be time to look at solutions for replacement. A dental implant might be the solution you’re looking for to take the place of the extracted tooth. Call Westcliffe Family Dental for more information if you require a tooth extraction in Richland, Washington, and when the extracted tooth has completely healed. Our dentist and team will be happy to answer any questions and discuss your options for a tooth replacement.