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Tooth Extractions – Washington, PA

A Gentle Touch for Smooth Removals

Young woman holding her tooth after tooth extraction in Washington, PA

When you’re young, losing your baby teeth is a matter of course. Adult teeth, on the other hand, are supposed to last the rest of your life, and we’ll do everything in our power to preserve them whenever they’re injured or infected. That said, every situation is unique, and the unfortunate reality is that not every tooth can be salvaged. If you call Dr. Bartusiak for a dental emergency and end up needing a tooth removed as a result, we’ll use our advanced techniques and sedation options to help you remain calm and comfortable throughout tooth extractions in our Washington, PA dental office.

Why Choose Bartusiak Dental Care of Washington for Tooth Extractions?

  • Early Morning and Evening Appointments
  • Same-Day Treatment for Dental Emergencies
  • Advanced Implant Placement Techniques

Why is Tooth Extraction Necessary?

An extracted molar lying horizontally on reflective surface

The decision to remove a tooth is not one that we’ll ever make lightly. That said, there are generally some very specific situations where the procedure will need to be considered. The most common is when a tooth has suffered from extreme damage. This might be due to an injury, or it could be a consequence of untreated decay. In either case, while there are options for repairing or treating the tooth (such as crowns or root canal therapy), they might not be viable under certain circumstances. For instance, if a crown has completely broken off and the remainder of the tooth is below the gum line, it might not be possible to place a restoration. Other reasons might include:

  • An overcrowded mouth where there’s not enough room for braces to properly align the teeth.
  • An infection that does not respond to root canal therapy or antibiotics.
  • A tooth that is at risk for infection when your immune system is severely compromised.

The Tooth Extraction Process

Illustration of a damaged tooth being extracted

You’ll be given a local anesthetic at the beginning of the treatment, so you won’t have to worry about pain or discomfort during the extraction. The next step depends on what kind of extraction needs to be performed. If the tooth is visible in your mouth, the process is quite simple; we just need to loosen it with a special instrument before removing it altogether. For teeth that are trapped beneath the gums, surgery is required to remove the tissue that is in the way. Once the tooth has been exposed, we can gently loosen it with forceps. However, some teeth are particularly hard to remove and must be divided into pieces first.

Immediately following the treatment, we’ll have you bite down on a gauze bad to stop the bleeding. This allows a blood clot to form, protecting the exposed socket while your mouth heals.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Woman relaxing at home in chair with a book after tooth extraction

We’ll give you more specific aftercare instructions following the procedure. In general, you should take painkillers as prescribed. It’s a good idea to use an ice pack to keep swelling to a minimum. Rest for at least 24 hours after the extraction and try to limit activity for the next day or two. Avoid drinking from a straw, as it might dislodge the blood clot.