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When your dentist removes (or extracts) a tooth from the socket in the jaw bone that holds it, this is called a tooth extraction. Our dentist, Dr. Kenneth Hancock, may decide to extract a damaged tooth if the tooth cannot be restored by a dental filling or dental crown restoration. He may also elect to extract a tooth which is too loose to stay in place.

At our dental practice in Olympia, Washington, there are two types of tooth extraction procedures. A simple extraction, and a surgical extraction. If you have a tooth which can be done by a simple extraction, Dr. Kenneth Hancock will simply loosen the tooth with an elevator (a dental instrument) and then remove it.

If your tooth needs to be surgically extracted, Dr. Kenneth Hancock will make a small incision into the gums to remove the tooth. Once a tooth is extracted, a dental restoration may be performed to fill in the gap of the missing teeth.

What are some reasons that necessitate a tooth extraction?

— Baby teeth which never fell out and are blocking the permanent teeth from erupting. Also, if you have extra teeth which are preventing other teeth from erupting properly.

— You need orthodontia to correct a misaligned bite, so teeth may need to be removed to allow the proper shifting of the surrounding teeth.

— Your third molars (wisdom teeth) are decayed, infected, causing you pain, or impacted (stuck in the jaw bone).

Other reasons for extracting a tooth include radiation treatment to the head and neck which are being blocked by teeth. If you need a tooth extraction, Dr. Kenneth Hancock can do so as comfortably as possible and provide restoration as needed. Your smile is important to us! Just call 360-464-2099 to learn more, or to schedule an appointment with our team.