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Extractions Specialist

Sunrise Dental

Dentist located in Olympia, WA

At Sunrise Dental of Olympia, the professional staff offers teeth extraction, as well as dental implants. The facility serves the residents of Olympia, Washington and the surrounding areas.

Extractions Q & A

When Should a Wisdom Tooth Extraction be Considered?

A wisdom tooth should be removed when it begins to infringe upon the teeth or other structures in the mouth. Wisdom teeth can become impacted causing intense pain and forcing the tooth next to it to shift. Impaction occurs when a tooth begins to grow in sideways with the crown pushing on the back of the tooth next to it. Wisdom teeth are larger than other molars and require more space. When a wisdom tooth tries to force its way into a smaller space, it can damage the tooth next to it or shift it from its original position. To prevent this from happening, the dentist may choose to extract all of the wisdom teeth, allowing the person's other teeth the room they need.

How Long Does a Tooth Extraction Take to Heal?

Tissues in the mouth heal faster than almost any other tissue in the body. When wisdom teeth, or any other teeth, are extracted, the healing time normally ranges from seven to ten days. If the teeth are surgically removed, the healing time may take as long as two to three weeks, depending on how extensive the surgery was. There are instances when a wisdom tooth must be broken and surgically removed, due to the tooth not being able to fully erupt through the gum tissues. Once the procedure is over, the doctor will provide the patient with aftercare instructions that need to be followed for the tissues to heal properly.

What Happens After a Tooth Extraction?

What happens after a tooth extraction will depend on the type of tooth that has been removed. If a wisdom tooth is removed, there is nothing to be done except to stitch the hole closed and wait for the tissues to heal. If another tooth or teeth have to be extracted, the patient has options to help maintain the visible appearance of a normal mouth. Dental implants or bridges may be used to fill in the newly created gap to prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting. In some cases, it may be a better option to create a partial denture that can be removed whenever the patient feels the need. This is an ideal for solution for individuals who do not tolerate anesthetic very well.


We care greatly about your dental health at Sunrise Dental of Olympia. We accept many insurance plans to help patients achieve the care that they need. If you have any questions about how we can help you afford your dental care, please call our office to learn more. Thank you in advance from the staff at Sunrise Dental of Olympia.

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Assurant Dental Health Alliance (PPO)
Best Life And Health
Dearborn National
Delta Dental
Lincoln Financial Group
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