Oral Surgery

Many dental offices require a referral to a specialist when the need for oral surgery arises. At Phinney Ridge Dental, Dr. Micah Bickel and Dr. Bryant Trinh perform most oral surgeries right here in our dental office. Some of the oral surgery services we offer include dental implant placement and extractions (including wisdom teeth extractions!).

Gentle & Stress-Free Dental Care

For most people, being told that they need a surgical procedure is an intimidating and terrifying ordeal, especially when it comes to dental extractions. Not only do you have to grapple with the idea of the surgery itself, but you have to deal with the emotional impact associated with losing a tooth. You then have to come to terms with the effect that a missing tooth has on your appearance and your ability to eat and speak.

At Phinney Ridge Dental, we can sympathize with your fears, doubts, and concerns. Our compassionate dental team goes out of their way to make the process as stress-free as possible, and we do whatever we can to mitigate any negative effects or attitudes. We can relate to your apprehension and anxiety, and we want you to know we are here to provide support throughout the process with kindness and a gentle touch.

Our patients walk away from each dental procedure with confidence, knowing that Dr. Bickel and Dr. Bryant are exceptionally skilled at performing quick, reliable, and efficient dental extractions. After the dental extraction, we can go over your smile treatment plan and your options for tooth replacement.

Dental Extractions

Dr. Bickel and Dr. Bryant both have extensive experience in the successful placement of dental implants. They have performed over 100 surgeries in the last year alone with outstanding results. He also provides bone grafting and sinus lifts, when necessary, giving more patients the option to have dental implants. To learn more about our dental implant services, visit our dental implant page.

Naturally, we are in the business of protecting and saving teeth whenever possible! Sometimes, however, removing a tooth is essential for your oral health and overall wellness. Some common conditions requiring a dental extraction include:

  • Trauma from an accident
  • Deep decay
  • A broken tooth too damaged to be healed with a root canal
  • An oddly angled tooth that threatens the stability of surrounding teeth
  • Severe gum disease in preparation for orthodontic treatment
  • Advanced gum disease
  • Irreparable damage
  • Overcrowding
  • Complications with wisdom teeth

If you need an extraction, we offer treatment comfortably and compassionately here at Phinney Ridge Dental. For patients who need a little extra help relaxing for a procedure, we offer sedation dentistry options as well. 

At Phinney Ridge Dental in Seattle, WA, we work hard to preserve your natural tooth for as long as we can. Dr. Bickel and Dr. Bryant take a conservative approach to oral health and keeping your teeth intact. However, there are situations where dental extraction is the only option we have.

Fortunately, we can treat our patients right here in our dental office, which makes the process convenient and saves patients from having to call around for another specialist.

We appreciate how overwhelming oral surgery can sound, even under the best circumstances. Our highly experienced, compassionate, and gentle dental team will expertly guide you through the process from start to finish. All you have to do is show up and be prepared to relax.

Oral Surgery

Not all wisdom teeth cause a problem for all patients. With a comprehensive evaluation in our dental office, we can make a recommendation about whether it is best to extract your wisdom teeth or keep them. Because there is often not enough room to grow, wisdom teeth can cause pain or misalignment as they begin to erupt.

In cases where wisdom teeth cause discomfort or cannot erupt properly, we may recommend an extraction. If you decide to keep them, wisdom teeth are more prone to decay because they are so hard to reach when cleaning your teeth.

Located at the back of your mouth, your wisdom teeth need additional attention during home care to stay healthy.

Options For Oral Surgery

Oral surgery is any surgical procedure performed on your oral cavity. At Phinney Ridge Dental, we can provide the following efficient and reliable procedures:

  • Gentle tooth extraction
  • Dental implant placement for tooth replacement
  • Minimally-invasive laser dentistry

Dr. Bickel and Dr. Bryant are highly experienced in oral surgery and dental care, even as the field is continuously evolving. By keeping up with current trends and continuing education, we can provide patients with the best oral health care available.

If you have any questions about oral surgery in Seattle, WA, please call Phinney Ridge Dental to schedule an appointment.

Sedation Dentistry At Phinney Ridge Dental 

Most patients feel overwhelmed at the thought of oral surgery due to concerns about pain or discomfort. At Phinney Ridge Dental, there’s no reason to feel nervous since we can help you relax using sedation dentistry.

One level of sedation is nitrous oxide or laughing gas, which is a mild form of sedation that does not impair your ability to drive after the procedure. Nitrous oxide will put you in a dreamy state, and you will be aware of the procedure, but it will seem far away. Since it doesn’t put you to sleep, you can get up and leave without needing a driver, plus you will be able to communicate with Dr. Bickel or Dr. Bryant throughout the procedure.

Oral sedation is another option for patients undergoing a dental procedure. One of our doctors will prescribe a sedative for patients to take an hour before the appointment. By the time they arrive at Phinney Ridge Dental, they should feel comfortable and relaxed. Oral sedation is incredibly effective, so patients are required to have a family member or friend drive them home after the appointment.

Oral Surgery Aftercare

Whether you require a simple or surgical extraction, we will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your healing, remove any stitches, and discuss tooth replacement options when necessary. Dr. Bickel or Dr. Bryant will explain how to keep your surgical site clean and what behaviors, such as smoking and drinking through a straw, you should avoid while you are healing.

If you need to replace your missing tooth, either for function or aesthetics, we offer a wide variety of treatment options, including partial dentures, fixed dental bridges, and dental implants.

Addressing Jaw Bone Deterioration After A Dental Extraction

Your tooth root is essential for stimulating the growth of your jaw bone and helping it remain strong and dense. If a tooth and its roots are no longer present, the bone will start to recede over time slowly. For this reason, we recommend a tooth replacement as soon as possible after a dental extraction to avoid any bone deterioration.

It’s essential to retain your bone density, especially since it can alter the way you look. If the bone has been receding for years, it won’t be easy to restore a tooth without further oral surgical procedures to restore the bone.

Before we perform a dental extraction, we will go over your options for tooth replacement right after the procedure. Dental implants are the only permanent tooth root replacement, and they can last a lifetime.

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