Extractions Specialist

Eagle River Dental

General Dentistry located in Eagle River, AK

Getting a tooth pulled is unpleasant, but occasionally an extraction is required to prevent further health complications. For quick and professional extractions, see the experienced dental team at Eagle River Dental in Eagle River, Alaska. It’s the place to go when you need to have a tooth pulled or need a wisdom-tooth extraction. Schedule a consultation online or call the office today.

Extractions Q & A

Why might I need a tooth pulled?

Your permanent teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but for numerous reasons, some might not. For instance, you could need a tooth extracted because it's too diseased to keep. Decay, trauma, and lifestyle can all contribute to needing a tooth pulled.

Other reasons for extractions include:

  • Risk of infection from an unsuccessful root canal
  • Risk of infection during an organ transplant or chemotherapy
  • Severe periodontal (gum) disease
  • Crowded or extra teeth
  • No room for wisdom teeth (third molars)

What is the procedure for extraction?

There are two types of extraction procedures: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction.

Simple extractions

Simple extractions are performed on teeth that can be seen in your mouth. During this type of procedure, an experienced dentist at Eagle River Dental loosens your tooth with a small instrument and lifts it out with dental forceps.

Surgical extraction

Surgical extractions can be more invasive. The tooth could be broken off close to the gumline or maybe hasn't yet grown through the gum line, which is typical of wisdom teeth. During a surgical extraction, the dentist makes a little cut into the gum to locate and take out the tooth in question. It may be necessary to remove some of the bone around your tooth as well so it can be thoroughly extracted.

In both simple extraction and surgical extractions, your dentist gives you a local anesthetic, typically nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to sedate you and make sure you don’t feel any pain. For oral sedation, Eagle River Dental uses valium. If you’re using sedation during an extraction, as is common, you must sign a waiver and have someone assist you to and from office.  

When will I be fully healed from a tooth extraction?

It depends on your individual situation and how many teeth you had extracted, but the initial healing period typically takes one to two weeks. New bone and gum tissue will slowly replace the areas where your teeth were removed.

You could encounter difficulty chewing or general aches and pains on your way to recovery, but this will depend on the amount of dental work you’ve had done.

Since everyone's situation is unique, you should reach out to Eagle River Dental to schedule a consultation to explore your options plus any necessary post-procedure treatments, such as crowns or dental implants.

Contact Eagle River Dental by phone or make an appointment online using the booking tool today.