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Remove Troublesome Teeth

Teeth extractions may be required when a tooth is too damaged to be saved, or when a wisdom tooth erupts improperly.

With an extraction, you can get relief from your pain and discomfort and avoid further complications.

Midtown Dental Clinic offers a number of tooth replacement options for patients who have undergone tooth extraction.

We provide gentle extractions and offer sedation dentistry to ensure you remain comfortable throughout the entire process.

Tooth Extractions In Kennewick & Richland

In some cases, it may be impractical or impossible to save a tooth at Midtown Dental Clinic. Our doctors will always do their best to restore your smile without removing your damaged tooth, but extractions are sometimes the best option. Learn more about tooth extractions below, or contact our Kennewick or Richland office to get an appointment now.

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Do Tooth Extractions Hurt?

The process of a tooth extraction will not hurt. Regardless of whether you’re getting a basic tooth extraction or you need a surgical extraction for an impacted wisdom tooth, your mouth will be numbed to ensure you feel no discomfort during your surgery. We also offer sedation dentistry at Midtown Dental Clinic, so you can be sedated during your appointment for your comfort.

However, you may begin to experience some discomfort after your treatment, once your numbing injection and sedative medication wear off. If your dentist gives you a prescription for pain medication, fill it right away and take it as directed. 

Otherwise, follow the instructions provided for your recovery, and take over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help with your pain and discomfort. Applying an ice pack to the outside of your mouth for 10 minutes at a time can also help numb the area as you heal and recover.

Do I Need To Replace My Missing Tooth?

Yes. If you have a tooth extracted (except for wisdom teeth) it’s a good idea to have it replaced as soon as possible. After you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth tend to shift toward the now-empty socket where the tooth used to be, which can ruin your bite alignment and cause other complications.

Replacing your tooth with a partial denture, dental bridge, or dental implant should be your top priority. All of these options can help prevent teeth shifting, and will restore your smile and your bite. However, dental implants are the best option for long-term tooth restoration, since they have a 30+ year lifespan, support the health of your jaw bone, and require minimal maintenance.

Can My Tooth Be Saved?

Only a dentist can tell you whether or not your tooth can be saved. A severely infected tooth, for example, may be treated with root canal therapy. If the treatment is successful, there will be no need to extract the tooth.

If you have a tooth that has been severely damaged by decay, gum disease, dental trauma, or anything else, you need to see a dentist at Midtown Dental Clinic right away. The sooner you get emergency care, the more likely it is that your tooth can be saved, and you may not need a tooth extraction.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From A Tooth Extraction?

It takes most patients about 2 weeks to fully recover from a tooth extraction. 

You will feel some pain and discomfort and notice swelling, bruising, and bleeding immediately after your extraction. This will usually peak and begin to fade after 2-3 days, after which time your extraction site will begin to feel much better.

Usually, you’ll need to continue eating a diet of mostly soft foods for at least a week after your treatment, and you can gradually reintroduce other foods after 1-2 weeks. By 2 weeks, your mouth should be completely healed. 

Typically, you’ll come to Midtown Dental Clinic about 1-2 weeks after your extraction and visit our team in Kennewick or Richland so that we can check on your healing progress and ensure everything looks good.

Dos And Don’ts After An Extraction

Wondering what to do and what to avoid after your procedure? Here are a few “dos” and “don'ts” you should follow after your extraction.
After your tooth is extracted, you should:

  • Take the day off of work after your appointment to recover
  • Rest and relax for a few days after your extraction, avoiding heavy exertion and exercise
  • Eat a diet consisting mostly of liquids and soft foods for up to a week after your extraction to encourage healing
  • Use an ice pack, applied 10 minutes at a time to the cheek, to help with discomfort and inflammation
  • Follow all of the instructions provided to you by your dentist at Midtown Dental Clinic

After your tooth is extracted, you should not:

  • Spit forcefully or use a straw for 1-3 days after your extraction. This can dislodge your blood clot, causing an issue called “dry socket” that will impair proper healing
  • Eat extremely hot or cold foods or spicy foods, which may irritate your extraction site and cause sensitivity
  • ESmoke for at least 48 hours, as this will impair healing. This is a good chance to try to quit smoking, which is horrible for your oral health and overall health.
  • Brush the extraction site directly for 3-4 days. This can damage it. You can brush your other teeth normally, but instead of brushing near the extraction site, you can clean it by rinsing with a saltwater solution 
  • Poke around your socket with your tongue, a toothpick, or anything else. This can damage and dislodge your blood clot, which is essential for healing

What Helps With Pain After Tooth Extraction?

Usually, our dentists will recommend that you take your preferred over-the-counter painkiller after your tooth extraction. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin are all commonly used to help reduce pain and discomfort after your tooth is extracted.

Eating a proper diet also helps with discomfort, since liquid and soft foods will not irritate your mouth, and won’t put pressure or strain on your extraction site as it heals.

Most patients also find that using an ice pack or applying moist heat to the cheek near the extraction site will help with pain and swelling. Cold packs are usually used for the first 24 hours to help with initial swelling, then you can switch to a hot pack to help with inflammation.

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