Tooth Extraction Specialist

Smile Now Dental

Thomas Pham, DMD

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Arlington, WA

Extractions can seem a little scary, regardless of your age. But, there’s good news if you’re feeling worried about wisdom teeth or other tooth extractions. At Smile Now® Dental in Arlington, Tacoma, and Spanaway, Washington, compassionate and highly experienced dentists have the experience to make your extractions a smooth and comfortable experience. Book an appointment online or by phone today.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

When do I need teeth extractions?

After your Smile Now Dental professional utilizes a digital X-ray, they’ll determine whether the teeth that are causing issues require removal.

When it comes to wisdom teeth, removal is almost always the best option when they become impacted, meaning they’re not able to emerge through your gums normally. When wisdom teeth are impacted, it increases your chances for a tooth infection, cyst or tumor formation, or major alignment issues with your other teeth.

There may also be other reasons for tooth extractions. For example, if a tooth is so severely decayed or damaged by trauma that it can’t be saved, your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction followed by a dental implant or partial denture.

What kind of sedation is available for extractions?

The Smile Now Dental team understands that many patients have anxiety about extractions so they offer two options for sedation to ensure your comfort during the procedure.

Oral sedation

Oral sedation is a good choice if you have mild-to-moderate anxiety about your extractions. With oral sedation, you’ll take a prescription medication shortly before the procedure. This helps you feel relaxed and calm, but doesn’t make you fall asleep.

You’ll be awake for the extractions, but you might be unaware of the passage of time. Some patients even say that they don’t remember the procedure afterward!

IV sedation

IV sedation, in which medication is delivered through a vein in your hand or arm, puts you to sleep completely. This type of sedation is often the right choice for patients who have severe anxiety about dental procedures. With IV sedation, you’ll be completely unaware of the procedure.

Your Smile Now Dental dentist can help you decide which option is best for you. With either option, it’s best to have someone else drive you home afterwards, since you may have residual drowsiness.

What happens after my extractions?

Your Smile Now Dental professional gives you specific recovery instructions. You may need to eat a soft diet for a few days. Your dentist advises you about using a mouth rinse and socket care as well.

Most patients have stitches after wisdom teeth extractions. Some stitches dissolve naturally, but others will need to be removed in your post-extraction appointment after you heal.

Use the online scheduler or call the Smile Now Dental location nearest you for extraction help now.