Extractions & Bone Grafting

Tooth Extractions In Redmond, WA

Is it time to take a look at your wisdom teeth or have a decayed or damaged tooth pulled? At Redmond Art of Dentistry, Dr. Bickel and his team work hard to protect your smile no matter what life brings your way. When tooth extraction is absolutely necessary, we ensure that your oral health and comfort are supported using the best methods of care available. Give us a call to schedule a consultation at your local dentist in Redmond, WA!

Reasons To Extract A Tooth

  • Prevent a crowded smile when your jaw supports too many teeth
  • Remove disruptive wisdom teeth that can crowd or misalign the smile, or impacted teeth that are “stuck” below the gum line
  • Remove an unsalvageable tooth after significant tooth decay or damage
  • Reduce risks of developing gum disease, infection, or inflammation in the mouth, or remove loose or weakened teeth after periodontitis, age, or dental trauma

Do I Need To Have A Tooth Pulled?

Rest assured, it is our philosophy to do everything we can before having to pull a tooth. If you have a chronic toothache, chipped tooth, or suffered from tooth decay, a simple cavity filling, dental bonding or root canal may be enough to restore your smile.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Between the ages of 17 to 25 you’re likely to encounter the growth of between 1 to 4 wisdom teeth on average. Dr. Bickel has treated countless patients with wisdom teeth removal and knows the difference between teeth that have to be extracted and those that can rest comfortably in the mouth. By carefully monitoring your dental health he is able to track the progress of your wisdom teeth, letting you know how many wisdom teeth you have, whether they will have to be extracted, and what to expect with wisdom tooth extraction even before they emerge through the gums.

Does Tooth Extraction Hurt?

It’s not uncommon to feel a little nervous at the dentist when it’s time for a tooth extraction. However, patients can rest assured knowing their health is in the comforting hands of your professional dentist, whose ultimate goal is optimal dental care and comfort.

When Are Tooth Extractions Recommended?

Tooth extractions may be recommended for a variety of different reasons. One of the most common reasons is the improper eruption of wisdom teeth. ‍Tooth extractions may also be necessary when a tooth has been irreparably damaged by chronic oral health issues such as gum disease, cavities, or a tooth infection. Tooth damage caused by dental trauma may also require extraction if the tooth can’t be restored.

Finally, tooth extractions may sometimes be needed to prepare for another dental procedure. For example, some orthodontic patients may need a tooth or two to be extracted while they get braces, or a patient who is getting a set of dentures may need to have their remaining teeth pulled.

Dr. Bickel practices conservative dentistry at Redmond Art of Dentistry. This means that we will not recommend an extraction unless it’s the only option to restore your oral health, relieve your pain, and prevent further complications. However, if an extraction is required, we will ensure you get the fast, gentle, pain-free treatment you need.

Bone Grafting

For smiles with problem joints or damaged bones, bone grafting is an effective means of restoring the smile. A bone grafting treatment is a surgical procedure where bone tissue is transplanted into the body to restore areas of damage or trauma, or to inspire bone growth around an implanted device such as a dental implant. Bone grafting may be recommended to provide structural stability to surrounding areas in the jaw or mouth, or to fill a void where bone tissue is missing. After bone grafting to repair a dental trauma, or dental injury or to secure a dental implant, patients can benefit from a healthier, stronger, and better-supported standard of dental health.

How Long Will It Take The Gum To Heal?

In total, it will usually take about 2 weeks for your gum to fully heal. For the first few days after your surgery, the area will likely bleed, and it may also be swollen, bruised, and discolored. This is normal.

After a week or so, the sutures used to stitch up your extraction site will start to dissolve as your gums heal. Or, if non-dissolvable sutures have been used, they’ll be removed by Dr. Bickel. You should feel much less gum tenderness and pain at this time.

Two weeks after your surgery, the gums should look and feel almost completely normal. The gum tissue over your extraction site may still be tender if you put pressure on it, but it should not be causing you any significant pain or discomfort at all.

Your Family Dentist In Redmond, WA

Do you have questions about your dental health? At Redmond Art of Dentistry, Dr. Bickel understands the importance of keeping patients informed and involved in their oral health. By keeping you in the know about what to expect with incoming wisdom teeth or a tooth that has to be removed, it is easy to plan for incoming wisdom teeth, tooth removal, and even the addition of orthodontic dentistry if necessary.

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