Dental Extractions

Dental Extractions services offered in Bonney Lake, Puyallup, Sumner and Tacoma, WA

Dental Extractions

While most people expect permanent teeth to withstand the test of time, sometimes an extraction is the only way to preserve your oral health and function. The skilled Rainier Dental team in Bonney Lake, Sumner, Puyallup, and Tacoma, Washington, performs extractions when necessary to ensure your oral well-being and comfort. Call today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Dental Extractions Q&A

What are extractions?

Extractions are dental procedures that remove teeth from their sockets. During an extraction, your dentist removes the entire tooth, including the crown (visible portion) and root (beneath the gum line). 

Rainier Dental performs two types of extractions:


A simple extraction means your entire tooth is visible above the gum line. Your dentist uses a dental elevator to gently loosen and extract the tooth. This procedure is quick and requires little to no downtime.


If your tooth is partially or fully trapped beneath the gum line, your dentist must perform a surgical extraction. This procedure involves making small incisions in your gums to reach and extract the tooth. 

This process takes longer than a simple extraction. Your tooth may be broken or impacted. Your dentist must also suture the incisions. Surgical extractions typically take longer to heal than simple procedures. 

Why might I need extractions?

Extractions may be necessary for various dental and oral health reasons, including:

  • Severe tooth decay 
  • Advanced periodontal disease (gum disease)
  • Impacted wisdom teeth 
  • Crowded teeth 
  • Broken or fractured teeth 
  • Severely injured teeth
  • Primary (baby) teeth that haven't naturally fallen out 
  • Preparing for certain dental procedures, like dentures or orthodontic treatment

Teeth that pose a risk of infection in individuals with weakened immune systems, such as those undergoing chemotherapy or organ transplants, may also benefit from extractions to prevent complications. 

I need extractions. What can I expect?

The first step in performing an extraction is determining the type you need. Your dentist performs a comprehensive dental evaluation and takes digital X-rays before recommending a simple or surgical extraction. Most extractions take about 30-60 minutes. However, surgical extractions can take longer, particularly if you have impacted wisdom teeth.

How do I care for my mouth after extractions?

Protecting your gums is essential after an extraction. Failing to care for the extraction site can lead to complications such as infection or a painful condition known as dry socket. To care for the extraction site, your dentist may recommend the following:

  • Avoid sucking on straws
  • Gently clean the extraction site
  • Stop smoking
  • Rinse with warm salt water
  • Follow a soft diet
  • Schedule follow-up visits

Pay special attention to any pain, discomfort, or sudden swelling, and follow your dentist's personalized aftercare instructions. 

Call Rainier Dental today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about extractions.