Tooth Extraction Specialist

Silver Lake Dental Care

Andrew P. Sholudko, DMD

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Silver Lake, Everett, WA

At Silver Lake Dental Care in Silver Lake, Everett, Washington, we make it a priority to preserve your natural teeth. If you have a tooth that’s decayed, has experienced trauma, or you have crowding due to the size of your mouth and teeth, you may require an extraction. Dr. Andrew Sholudko is highly-experienced in performing this procedure with a gentle touch and unmatched skill. Call or contact us online for an appointment today.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

What type of extractions are available?

There are two basic types of extractions :

  • A simple extraction – we perform this procedure on your teeth that are visible. For a simple extraction, we loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then we’ll use forceps to remove your tooth.
  • A surgical extraction – we recommend this procedure if you have a tooth that’s broken off at the gum line or an impacted wisdom tooth.

Are there ways to avoid tooth extraction?

We always try to avoid any type of surgery. If you have an infection, a root canal or antibiotics may make an extraction unnecessary. If you have impacted wisdom teeth, damaged teeth, or if you plan to have orthodontics, you may need teeth extractions to proceed with the next step in your dental health plan.

Is there anything special to know about the extraction process?

It’s pretty straightforward. You’ll be given a local anesthetic or put under sedation, depending on your choice. Dr. Sholudko will perform the extraction, and you may be given medication to take afterward to avoid pain or infection. Tooth extraction is considered surgery, so you’ll need someone to drive you to and from your appointment.

What happens after my extraction?

It all depends on your situation. In general, here are guidelines to follow after your extraction:

  • Bite down on the gauze pads we’ll give you for at least half an hour to help stop the bleeding
  • Drink plenty of liquids to keep yourself hydrated
  • Don't rinse or brush your teeth for 12 hours
  • Eat soft foods for the first day after your extraction
  • If you need to, rinse with a diluted mouthwash or 1/4 teaspoon of table salt diluted in lukewarm water
  • Don't use straws, and don’t smoke or spit if your gums are still bleeding
  • Follow the specific directions for any prescribed pain medications
  • Call Silver Lake Dental Care if you have any persistent pain or bleeding

Are there options after extraction to have implants?

Afterward, we can discuss tooth replacement options to restore the function to your teeth and beauty to your smile. Call or contact Silver Lake Dental Care online to learn about your extraction options and how we can help you achieve the smile of your dreams.