Tooth Extractions Made Easy in Seattle, WA
At Zen Dental Center, we are committed to providing you with only the best dental care with a variety of treatment options. Our oral care experts feature decades of experience to all ages of patients, so we can treat the whole family. When you visit our Seattle dentist practice, you can rest easy knowing that Dr. Richard Miyata will take the time to discuss your specific dental concerns and only recommend treatment that can provide you with the best-quality results.
Tooth extraction FAQs
Are tooth extractions covered by insurance?
Your insurance plan may cover a dental extraction as a necessary medical procedure. Check your policy details, and then call our office with your provider name and plan name ready. We can let you know if our office can partner with your insurance on your behalf to bill the company directly, and help you understand your policy details with regard to your individual health and personal situation.
Although we do not accept DSHS, Apple Health, Provider One, or Molina insurance, we do accept most other PPO insurance providers, so our team is happy to welcome you and answer your insurance questions.
Are tooth extractions painful?
Tooth extractions aren’t anyone’s idea of a fun thing to do. But thanks to the experienced and caring staff at Zen Dental Center, we’ll help make the process as quick and pain-free as possible. Our office is equipped with local and general anesthesia to numb the area prior to treatment, and Dr. Miyata can quickly remove teeth with minimal time in our dental chair. Most importantly, we’re confident that any discomfort you feel for a few minutes will be worth removing a decaying or damaged tooth that’s causing chronic pain and serious eating problems!
Signs you need a tooth extraction
Here are other reasons:
- Some children and adults have extra teeth that crowd other teeth too much, or prevent them from growing in at all.
- Sometimes tooth extraction is used to prepare for getting braces if another tooth will be moved into its place.
- If teeth become infected for any reason, including external factors like chemotherapy drugs or postsurgical procedures that use immune-system weakening medication or radiation, those teeth may need to be extracted.
- Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, commonly come in during the late teens or early 20s. They need to be removed if they are decayed, cause pain, develop cysts, or are infected. These teeth often get stuck in the jaw (impacted) and do not come in naturally, so they often require extraction.
- Any other infected teeth or teeth at risk of infection from decay, cavities, damage to blood vessels, bacteria, etc., may be a sign that extraction is the best option.
What is the recovery time for a tooth extraction?
Recovery typically takes under a week, and you can take painkillers as recommended by our staff to help you continue your daily routines. For the first day or two, it’s best if you can limit your activity and relax, and avoid using straws, smoking, or rinsing your mouth forcefully in order to allow quicker healing. Soft foods, ice packs, and a gentle saltwater gargle can all help soothe your mouth and promote healing.
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