Need a Tooth Extraction? Don’t Be Afraid!

Oct 27, 2018 | Oral Health

Need a Tooth Extraction Don’t Be Afraid

We’ve all had a toothache at some point or another. While you should always consult your Edmonds dentist, it’s not always a serious problem. Often, the issue can be fixed with a filling or a root canal. However, many Edmonds residents have found themselves in a situation where the tooth is not salvageable, and the only solution is for a dentist to perform an extraction or remove the tooth. Today we would like to talk about what you can expect from an extraction and why it’s not something to fear!

Key Takeaways

  • Tooth extractions are not as scary as they sound, thanks to modern dentistry techniques.
  • Soundview Family Dental prioritizes preserving natural teeth, but extractions may be necessary for infection, gum disease, or tooth crowding.
  • Extraction is a safe solution to prevent the spread of infection or prepare for orthodontic treatment.
  • Minimal discomfort and a few days of recovery are expected after the procedure.
  • Consult your Edmonds dentist for toothache concerns and trust in modern dentistry for tooth extractions.


Don’t Be Afraid

Pulling teeth isn’t like “pulling teeth” anymore

Just like root canals, tooth extractions have a pretty bad reputation. Many Edmonds folks may refer to something difficult by saying it was, “like pulling teeth.” We will be the first to tell you that the technology and techniques of modern dentistry have made the process of extracting a tooth fairly simple and with minimal discomfort to the patients. As long as you take it easy after the procedure and follow the guidelines, you’ll be back to normal in just a few days.

Reasons for an extraction

Preserving your natural teeth is always a priority at Soundview Family Dental, but in some cases an extraction is unavoidable. Here are some of the conditions in which an extraction might be necessary:


If one of your teeth has an infection that extends to the pulp and could not be cleared up with a root canal and antibiotics, removing the tooth might be the only way to keep the infection from spreading. An extraction may also be required if the threat of a serious infection cannot be otherwise dealt with.

Gum disease

Infections stemming from gum disease weaken the support structures for teeth. Advanced gum disease can cause teeth to become so loose that extraction is the only safe option.

Tooth crowding

Sometimes the arrangement of teeth does not perfectly fit the size or shape of the mouth. Severe cases, such as a tooth’s inability to erupt due to crowding, may require extraction. Pulling a tooth might also be necessary to prepare for an orthodontic appliance.

Contact us

If you think you might need to have a tooth removed or would like to learn more about extractions, feel free to contact Dr. Kitts at Soundview Family Dental today!

The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.


Eric Kitts, DDS

Eric Kitts, DDS

Owner @ Soundview Family Dental

Born in Seattle and raised in Puyallup, Dr. Eric Kitts received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University and his DDS from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Dr. Kitts began practicing dentistry in 2000, at his office in Richmond Beach. In 2011, Dr. Kitts built a brand-new, state-of-the-art dental facility located in the heart of downtown Edmonds.

Book with us today!

Are you unhappy with the appearance of your teeth and refuse to show the world your beautiful smile? Has discomfort at the dentist kept you from receiving dental work that will give you a reason to smile again?

At Soundview Family Dental in Edmonds, WA, we understand that not everyone likes the dentist. Our team of caring professionals works with you to ensure that you feel comfortable from the moment you walk through the door. Specializing in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, Dr. Kitts and his team work hard to preserve your natural teeth and give you back a smile you can be proud of.

Contact today to schedule an appointment and let our team deliver a beautiful, natural-looking smile you can be proud to show off.

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