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Tooth Extractions

If a tooth can't be saved your Issaquah dentist might recommend tooth extractions

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Although Dr. Vanama always tries to preserve your natural teeth, there are several situations when that just isn’t possible. The most common ones include:

  • Severe tooth decay
  • When a root canal failed to save the tooth
  • As part of an orthodontic treatment plan in cases of overcrowding
  • Teeth that have sustained significant trauma
  • Extra teeth that serve no useful purpose, such as the wisdom teeth
  • Patient preference for aesthetic purposes

Your dentist in Issaquah will inform you when a tooth requires extraction and request that you make an appointment for this procedure.

The Tooth Extraction Procedure

Dr. Vanama needs to know your complete medical history before she can pull your tooth, including any medications you take. She will request that you provide this information on a written form prior to the procedure. When you come in for the extraction, the first thing Dr. Vanama does is numb your tooth and the gum area surrounding it with anesthetic. This is necessary so you don’t feel pain during the tooth extraction process.

Once the anesthetic has taken effect, Dr. Vanama expands the socket of your tooth and separates it from the ligament that holds it in place. Your dentist in Issaquah applies continuous firm pressure with forceps or a dental elevator to complete the expansion. This loosens the tooth so that it comes out quickly and easily. After the tooth is out, she places gauze in the gap it left and asks you to bite down firmly. This controls the bleeding, which can be significant immediately after the extraction. She will also rinse the area to ensure no fragments of your tooth are left behind.

Caring for Your Mouth After a Tooth Extraction

It is normal to feel some tenderness and pain in your mouth for the first few days after an extraction. Dr. Vanama will let you know the type of pain reliever you should take and how often you should take it. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) such as ibuprofen work well, but aspirin may cause prolonged bleeding. You can expect oozing from the extraction site for about the first 24 hours. Keep a package of gauze handy and bite down on it whenever your notice bleeding.

We also recommending the following during your healing time:

  • Avoid hot drinks
  • Eat soft foods
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol
  • Do not rinse your mouth or spit into the sink
  • Avoid strenuous exercise
  • Prop your head with an extra pillow

If your bleeding or pain persists, please contact Dr. Vanama right away.

Patient Testimonials

DrVanama a great dentist!

DrVanama a great dentist! She is professional, warm and very thorough. She also has massage chairs, warm blankets and TV's so it is a more relaxed experience. I would reccommend her to anyone.

Sue Skelton

5.0
2016-03-05T06:29:59+00:00

Sue Skelton

DrVanama a great dentist! She is professional, warm and very thorough. She also has massage chairs, warm blankets and TV's so it is a more relaxed experience. I would reccommend her to anyone.

We are very glad to have her in our area

My husband and I are both patients of Dr. Vanama. We began with her when she was first getting started in the Highlands. She has always taken very good care of both of us and has continued to make us feel comfortable and at ease in her office. She and her staff always have a welcoming attitude! We have recommended her to several of our friends. We are very glad to have her in our area.

Elizabeth Watkins

5.0
2016-03-05T06:29:23+00:00

Elizabeth Watkins

My husband and I are both patients of Dr. Vanama. We began with her when she was first getting started in the Highlands. She has always taken very good care of both of us and has continued to make us feel comfortable and at ease in her office. She and her staff always have a welcoming attitude! We have recommended her to several of our friends. We are very glad to have her in our area.

I constantly refer patients to her

My family has been coming to Dr. Vanama for over 8 years. I constantly refer patients to her. Her staff always remember us, and my kids love her. Dr. Vanama is very attentive to your comfort and she had definitely earned our loyalty.

Kathryn Campbell

5.0
2016-03-05T06:28:00+00:00

Kathryn Campbell

My family has been coming to Dr. Vanama for over 8 years. I constantly refer patients to her. Her staff always remember us, and my kids love her. Dr. Vanama is very attentive to your comfort and she had definitely earned our loyalty.

My best dental experience ever!!

Right from the start, I knew this was the office for me! All of the staff members were warm, caring, and highly skilled. Dr. Vanama really took the time to identify my concerns and problems, which made me feel confident in the treatment that I was receiving. My best dental experience ever!! Thanks 🙂

Pratyusha Naidu

5.0
2016-03-05T06:27:12+00:00

Pratyusha Naidu

Right from the start, I knew this was the office for me! All of the staff members were warm, caring, and highly skilled. Dr. Vanama really took the time to identify my concerns and problems, which made me feel confident in the treatment that I was receiving. My best dental experience ever!! Thanks 🙂

Vanama and her team provide the best possible care

Always a great experience, Dr. Vanama has a very calming manner and Joelle is a killer hygienist, (in a good way!) My family and I look forward to our visits because we know how important good oral health is to our futures and that Dr. Vanama and her team provide the best possible care. I would and have recommended this office to friends and family.

Ed Wilhelme

5.0
2016-03-29T14:55:23+00:00

Ed Wilhelme

Always a great experience, Dr. Vanama has a very calming manner and Joelle is a killer hygienist, (in a good way!) My family and I look forward to our visits because we know how important good oral health is to our futures and that Dr. Vanama and her team provide the best possible care. I would and have recommended this office to friends and family.

She is very professional, thorough, and thoughtful

I have been seeing Dr. Vanama for my dental needs for several years. She is very professional, thorough, and thoughtful. When it is necessary to refer me to a specialist, she has the specialist come to her office for the convenience of the patient. I highly recommend Dr. Vanama.

Susan Draughon

5.0
2016-03-29T14:56:06+00:00

Susan Draughon

I have been seeing Dr. Vanama for my dental needs for several years. She is very professional, thorough, and thoughtful. When it is necessary to refer me to a specialist, she has the specialist come to her office for the convenience of the patient. I highly recommend Dr. Vanama.

I have much confidence in her as a dentist

I have been a patient of Dr. Vanama for several years during which my experiences have been very positive. She is very approachable in regard to questions and finding the best course of treatment. I have much confidence in her as a dentist. Thank you.

Nicholas Moe

5.0
2016-03-29T14:56:41+00:00

Nicholas Moe

I have been a patient of Dr. Vanama for several years during which my experiences have been very positive. She is very approachable in regard to questions and finding the best course of treatment. I have much confidence in her as a dentist. Thank you.

Dr. Vanama is very knowledgeable and very likable

Every time I go to Discovery Dental I am completely satisfied with their services. Dr. Vanama is very knowledgeable and very likable. This is the first time I have ever had any dental work done and Dr. Vanama was very helpful throughout the entire process. I have never had a bad experience! I look forward to every visit

Alyason Mitchell

5.0
2016-03-29T14:58:17+00:00

Alyason Mitchell

Every time I go to Discovery Dental I am completely satisfied with their services. Dr. Vanama is very knowledgeable and very likable. This is the first time I have ever had any dental work done and Dr. Vanama was very helpful throughout the entire process. I have never had a bad experience! I look forward to every visit
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