Dental Treatment

South Sound Dental Care provides a wide range of dental services and typically we are able to provide every type of dental service at our office without having to refer you to other specialties.  Our focus is on total preventative care for our patients.  This includes regular teeth cleaning appointments, check-ups, and at home oral health routines.

We also offer services to restore mouths that have been damaged by dental disease, injury, and common problems that require cosmetic dentistry.  With the advanced techniques and technologies we use, along with regularly scheduled dental exams, our patients are able to achieve optimum oral health.

TOOTH EXTRACTIONS

GENERAL EXTRACTIONS

An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth.

They are sometimes necessary if a primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth, if the tooth has suffered considerable decay or trauma that cannot be repaired, due to gum disease, or if the tooth is impacted.

Depending on the complexity of the case, an extraction can be performed surgically or non-surgically.  A mild anesthesia is used to ensure comfort throughout the procedure.

WISDOM TEETH

Your third molars are usually referred to as wisdom teeth.  They appear in the late teens to early twenties and often lack the proper space in the jaw to erupt fully or even at all.  This common condition is called impaction.  When a tooth lacks the space to come in or if it develops in the wrong place, problems can arise.  Primarily, damage to adjacent teeth and crowding occur.

To learn more about wisdom teeth removal, click here.

Q. What is the recovery time from an extraction?

A. It typically takes gum tissue 3-4 weeks to heal.  Pain should lessen by the second day and in most cases over-the-counter pain relief is enough to relieve any discomfort.  Of course pain and healing time will vary from person to person.  Our office can provide a note for work if needed.