At Tigard Family Dental, our goal is to help you maintain a beautiful smile and pristine oral health. If a tooth is problematic or poses a threat to your overall oral health, an extraction may be necessary. Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. Although an extraction may sound like a bad experience, modern technology allows us to minimize or eliminate pain, and provide an excellent prosthetic replacement.
Reasons For a Tooth Extraction
The most common reason for tooth extraction is damage and decay. In most cases, we will try to fix a tooth with a filling, crown, or other treatment; however, sometimes there is just too much damage to save the tooth.
Other reasons include:
Tooth Extraction Procedure
During preparation, Dr. Robert McCullough will take an x-ray of the area to better plan the extraction. We may also recommend a 3D CBCT scan. If you are having your wisdom teeth removed, we may order a panoramic x-ray to get a picture of all your teeth at once. Once we have developed a proper treatment plan, we can schedule the procedure.
There are two types of extractions: simple and surgical.
A simple extraction can only be performed on a tooth that has already erupted. During a simple extraction, Dr. Robert McCullough will loosen the tooth with an “elevator,” and remove the tooth with forceps. A tooth is loosened from the connective tissues, ligaments, and bone by gently swaying it back and forth in the socket. Most simple extraction have to be performed with local anesthetic.
A surgical extraction is performed on a tooth that has broken off at the gumline or becomes impacted. During surgery, a small incision is made in the gum tissue to expose and remove the tooth. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove some of the surrounding bone as well. Surgical extractions involve local anesthetic, but other forms of sedation are available for patients with fear or anxieties associated with oral surgery.
After a Tooth Extraction
After your extraction, Dr. Robert McCullough will give you a set of detailed care instructions. You may experience some minor discomfort for the first few days after surgery. We recommend ice packs on your face to reduce swelling and discomfort. Be sure to eat soft and cool foods during this period. After a few days, the discomfort should subside. If it worsens, please contact us immediately.
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