What is a tooth extraction?

When a tooth becomes damaged beyond repair, Drs. Packard and Packard may suggest a tooth extraction. A tooth extraction in Ellensburg, Washington is when the whole tooth is removed from its place in the bone socket. There are many reasons why a tooth might need to be removed. Often, tooth decay or damage has rendered the tooth useless and it must be taken out to prevent the decay from spreading. Another common type of tooth extraction is the removal of your third molars, also known as wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt from the gumline and frequently grow in sideways. This is what causes wisdom teeth to become impacted, leading to pain and infection.

How is a tooth pulled?

At Creekside Dental Ellensburg, our gentle dentists use great care when removing a tooth. The area will be numbed with local anesthesia before surgically removing the tooth. Our skilled dental team also provides socket preservation. Socket preservation is a treatment where material is grafted into the empty socket of the tooth at the time of extraction to maintain a healthy jaw and gumline. Once a tooth is removed, we provide multiple restorative and cosmetic dentistry options to restore your smile. If you would like to learn more about tooth extraction, please contact our dental office today.