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Remember a time when we were young and would get excited over losing our teeth?

We would take our loose tooth, wash it off and safely stuff it under our pillow right before we fell asleep, hoping to wake up in the morning to find money from the tooth fairy in its place.. 

As an adult, losing or breaking a tooth is not so glamorous. Instead of waiting for our tooth to fall out and being given money by a magical fairy, we may have to get a tooth extraction. Tooth extraction is a procedure in which a dentist removes the entirety of a tooth from its socket. We know that sounds scary and stressful but you should know that, like the tooth fairy, our team at Downriver Smiles has successfully extracted millions of teeth each year. Although you won’t be waking up to find money under your dental pillow, you will find that you can trust you will be taken care of at our Spokane, WA office. This procedure is only necessary after the tooth has been severely damaged or decayed and can’t be fixed through other dental procedures. A tooth extraction could also be necessary if the tooth is at risk of infection, abnormally developed, and in the case of it being abnormally developed or injured. 

To help calm your nerves, we have compiled a list of common myths and provided you with the truth to help you prepare for your upcoming tooth extraction in Spokane. Ready? Let’s go!

Myth #1: Tooth extractions are painful!

One of the biggest misconceptions about tooth extractions is that it’s painful. Believe it, and you’ll probably skip out on your extraction altogether. However, the truth is that tooth extraction is quick and nearly painless. Our dentists at Downriver Smiles use a minimally invasive dental technique paired with an advanced anesthetic to ensure that you’re comfortable and relaxed during your procedure.

Myth #2: Tooth removal is inevitable

As we mentioned above, our dentists exhaust all other options to treat and attempt to preserve the affected tooth first before considering tooth extraction. It becomes the last resort after all other treatment options are crossed off the list and the affected tooth begins to put your oral health at risk.

Myth #3: It takes months to recover from a tooth extraction.

False. More like it only takes a day or two! A few patients will experience some swelling and bleeding after the tooth extraction procedure, but most patients can return to school or work the next day.

Myth #4: You’re not required to get a tooth replacement after your tooth extraction.

After your tooth is extracted, it leaves behind a gap in your smile which encourages the neighboring teeth to shift towards it. This movement causes your teeth to become crooked and gapped. You’re also more prone to stomach issues because you can’t chew food correctly. All of these issues can be avoided by getting a tooth replacement. Downriver Smiles offers a variety of tooth replacement options such as dental implants or dentures.

Hearing your dentist tell you that you may need to consider a tooth extraction may trigger some panic at first but it isn’t something you need to worry about. If you’re wondering whether you might need a tooth extraction in Spokane, WA, or have any tooth-related questions, schedule an appointment with us today. With our relaxing amenities, sedation dentistry, and caring staff, we can provide a comfortable and rewarding experience for every patient.

Posted on behalf of Downriver Smiles

3404 W Northwest Blvd,
Spokane, WA 99205

Phone: 509-326-8039

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Pat ShelleyPat Shelley
02:13 02 Dec 23
Thoroughly professional.
Cheryl LaneCheryl Lane
02:15 01 Dec 23
William BurgermyerWilliam Burgermyer
02:15 30 Nov 23
Very professional and caring people
Ted AkedTed Aked
02:59 29 Nov 23
Nice pleasant office, no pressure, friendly gentle cleaning! Thanks!
Michael DealMichael Deal
02:43 29 Nov 23
I really appreciated the detail explanation of the services. Truly welcoming.
Rachael PetersonRachael Peterson
01:53 19 Oct 23
Dr. Gaunt is the best! This is the first dentist that I have had a good experience with. I had a root canal done and was so nervous, they made me comfortable and had it done within an hour. I would definitely recommend Downriver smiles!
Vyrdi OVyrdi O
04:26 10 Oct 23
I had the worst dental anxiety before going to Dr. Gaunt years ago- to the point I let my teeth go until they were breaking, in need of numerous fillings, root canals, and extractions. Dr. Gaunt was by far the best dentist I have ever had; he explained everything in as much detail as I required, made me comfortable with any procedure and has won my and my family's business throughout the years with his excellent care and demeanor. Dr. Gaunt and all his wonderful staff are a joy to work with and I can guarantee our continued visits in the years to come for any work my family requires. Thank you Downriver Smiles staff!
Cinda SchusterCinda Schuster
16:04 28 Sep 23
Dr Gaunt is a great dentist. I have been seeing him for years he always does a great job. I always feel confident in his care.The staff at Downriver Smiles Dentistry is always helpful & kind.
Lori AspenleiterLori Aspenleiter
04:40 12 Sep 23
Dr Guant is a great Dentist! He is very friendly, professional, thorough, compassionate and never ever rushes. He answers any of your questions or concerns! He spends extra time and does outstanding work! The office staff is very friendly and accommodating! Highly recommend Downriver Smiles!
Patty McGinnisPatty McGinnis
01:17 07 Sep 23
The employees at Shadle Smiles are so friendly and make sure you understand your procedures and cost before work is done. Dr Harding was my dentist and listened to my concerns about work to be done. He only does what work really needs to be done and what can wait. Love this place!
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  • The employees at Shadle Smiles [Downriver] are so friendly and make sure you understand your procedures and cost before work is done. Dr Harding was my dentist and listened to my concerns about work to be done. He only does what work really needs to be done and what can wait. Love this place!

    Patty M.
  • Best dentist in Spokane! Don’t look any further! I chipped my front tooth and they got me in the next day! Left with a beautiful smile and my wallet still intact! I wasn’t an existing patient, but I am now! Awesome environment and extremely friendly staff! 10/10 hands down would recommend!

    Cortney G.
  • Downriver Smiles is amazing! They provide the kind of experience that we all hope for when going to the dentist. Everyone there is caring and takes all the time needed to make sure you are comfortable and that your questions are answered. Dr. Harding is wonderful! I would never want to go anywhere else.

    Chris B.
  • Dr. Harding is gentle and thorough in his care. He always explains what he is doing and why. Great office staff, too.

    Sheri D.

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3404 W Northwest Blvd,
Spokane, WA 99205

MON:
8:00am - 5:00pm
TUES:
7:00am - 5:00pm
WED:
7:00am - 5:00pm
THURS:
7:00am - 4:00pm
FRI:
8:00am - 4:00pm
SAT:
CLOSED
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