Extractions/Wisdom Teeth Specialist

Sometimes, having a tooth extracted is the only way to remedy excessive decay, tooth pain, or traumatic injury. Extraction is also a common solution for wisdom teeth that are painfully impacted or crowding other teeth. Dr. Gregory D. Kuo in Redmond, Washington offers comprehensive tooth extraction services, including wisdom tooth removal, for patients in the Seattle area. If you suspect you have a tooth that may need to come out, call or book your appointment online today.

Extractions/Wisdom Teeth Q & A

by Gregory D. Kuo, DDS, MS

Why are teeth extracted?

Any tooth that’s so decayed or infected that it can’t be saved by a filling or a root canal is a candidate for extraction or removal. Abscessed teeth and teeth badly damaged by trauma are also commonly extracted.   

Why are wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth are probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a tooth extraction, and for good reason — they’re often removed.

When wisdom teeth come in properly, meaning they have enough room as well as a good bite relationship, they’re just as useful as any of your other molars. Unfortunately, wisdom teeth are often affected by problems, either before or after they erupt.

The most common reasons that wisdom teeth are extracted include:

Impaction

Wisdom teeth that are impacted, or remain beneath the gumline, typically don’t have enough room to erupt. Although this isn’t necessarily a cause for concern, it can become problematic if it leads to pain and inflammation.   

Partial eruption

Partially erupted wisdom teeth act as a breeding ground for bacteria by allowing food to get trapped underneath the gums. In addition to possibly causing an infection, partially erupted wisdom teeth can be quite painful.

When should wisdom teeth be removed?

Wisdom teeth are often removed at the onset of problems or persistent pain. If Dr. Kuo can see that your wisdom teeth may cause issues in the future, he may recommend early removal, before they’re fully developed.  

Removing wisdom teeth during the adolescent years is often a good way to avoid impaction or crowding problems, both of which can damage neighboring second molars.  

What should I do following a tooth extraction?

After an extraction, your body’s healing mechanisms will form a blood clot to slowly fill in the bone where the tooth used to be. During this part of the healing process, which usually takes about a day or two, it’s important to keep the extraction site as clean and clear of any food or debris.

For the first 24 hours after your extraction, avoid rinsing your mouth to promote faster healing. When you do finally rinse, do it gently so that you don’t damage the blood clot that’s still in the process of forming.

You can continue to brush your teeth as you normally would, but take care to avoid the tender site and the surrounding area.

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Dr. Kuo's office provides custom payment plans for qualified patients. Please let us know if you need to initiate a custom payment plan and we will be happy to work with you. We also offer a discounted dental plan for those who do not have insurance. Make sure to ask us for the details! 

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Gregory Kuo, DDS, MS
15446 Bel-Red Road, Ste. 110
Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: 425-296-9783
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