Tooth Extraction in Mill Creek, WA

Older Couple | Mill Creek WA DentistAt Mill Creek Dental Health Care, we promote good oral health by offering education, support, preventive treatments, and restorations if a tooth needs to be repaired. Even so, a time may come where removing a problematic tooth is the best option for protecting your overall oral health.

We will never recommend extraction when an alternative exists because we understand the impact losing a tooth can have. You first have to think about the procedure, then you have to deal with losing a tooth you thought would serve you for many more years.

Reasons We Might Recommend Extraction

There are several cases where we recommend extraction as the healthiest choice:

  • Tooth decay or infection that is too extensive to be resolved in any other way
  • Severe gum disease that affects tissues and supporting tissue and bone structure of a tooth
  • Broken or fractured teeth that can’t be saved by other methods
  • To provide optimal results when planning orthodontic treatment or denture therapy
  • Removal of wisdom teeth

You can be confident that if our doctors recommend extraction, we will thoroughly explain why it is necessary and how it will benefit your overall oral health.

Man at Dentist | Mill Creek WA DentistYour Comfort Is Our Priority

Our team knows that the idea of extraction can upset some people, so we do everything we can to make the process as comfortable and efficient as possible.

First, we have designed our office to be a soothing and friendly environment that puts you at ease. We also offer many stress-reducing amenities like TVs in the treatment rooms and warm blankets and pillows.

We are also pleased to offer both nitrous oxide and oral sedation to help you relax and detach from the activity around you.

Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a small nasal mask and will help you feel drowsy and a little euphoric. With oral sedation, our doctors prescribe a sedative that you take about an hour before your appointment so you will arrive at our office feeling quite calm and relaxed. We can often combine oral sedation and nitrous oxide so you can relax while we gently remove the tooth.

Post-Extraction Instructions

We recommend that you plan to take it easy for at least 24 hours after your procedure. Focusing on taking care of the extraction site is critical and promotes healthy healing.

Keeping the pressure on the gauze we provide for about an hour will help stop any residual bleeding. Plan on eating a diet of soft foods like soup and yogurt so you don’t disturb the blood clot that’s forming over the extraction site. Try to avoid smoking cigarettes or drinking through a straw as the sucking action of both can loosen the clot.

Please Call Us to Learn More

If you are concerned that you might need an extraction, please call our Mill Creek, WA dental office as soon as possible. We will evaluate your situation, and if extraction is necessary, you can be confident that our team will go out of their way to make the experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible.