Tigard, OR Dental Extractions
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Needing to get a pesky tooth removed often evokes feelings of fear and anxiety in individuals – after all, there’s a reason why many people compare unsavory or exhausting tasks to “pulling teeth.” However, in adulthood dental extractions are sometimes necessary and should be addressed sooner than later, especially if you don’t want to continue living your life in pain. Though dental extractions are typically considered to be a last resort, as dentists prioritize teeth preservation, when it is needed, the procedure is perfectly safe. Our Tigard, OR dental extraction professional works with patients to educate them on their unique situation and can describe the process in detail to alleviate any concerns. At Progressive Periodontics, our family-oriented team strives to create an atmosphere that feels comfortable and familiar.
How to Determine If You Need a Dental Extraction
Dental extraction is primarily known as a treatment for damage and injuries, but there are other reasons why you may need to remove a tooth or two.
You may require dental extraction if:
- You have crowded teeth: If you have all your wisdom teeth, there’s a possibility that your mouth can be overcrowded, causing your teeth to overlap with one another. Crowding can lead to issues with biting and chewing. After a dental extraction, your teeth will have more room to adjust and align properly.
- You have an infection: A tooth that is already damaged or decayed can cause infection through the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth, which causes a buildup of bacteria. Removing the infected tooth is often necessary to prevent further disease.
- You have gum disease: Periodontal disease, which infect the bones and tissues that support the teeth, may make it difficult or painful to chew or bite. In serious cases, dental extraction may be required.
Types of Extractions
There are two main types of dental extractions. A simple dental extraction is a procedure where common dental tools are used to pull out the affect tooth and is used for visible and easily accessible teeth. Local anesthetics are used.
A surgical extraction needs to be performed if the affected tooth is not accessible – for example, the tooth may not have broken through the gum line or has yet to fully grow into the mouth. In this case, our oral surgeon needs to make an incision into the tissue.
What to Expect in Your Procedure
On the day of your surgery, our oral surgeon will numb the area around the tooth or teeth that need to be extracted with an anesthetic. The numbing affects the tooth or teeth as well as the surrounding gums and your jawbone.
You may feel a lot of pressure during the surgery, though you shouldn’t feel any pain. If your procedure is a surgical extraction, our oral surgeon will make an incision in your gum to reach the tooth and may need to stitch up the incision after removal.
How to Speed Up Recovery
Our Tigard, OR dental extraction team makes sure you are fully prepped on your extraction procedure and won’t send you home until you feel confident in your oral aftercare. It is common to bleed up to 24 hours after surgery.
Some important tips to keep in mind to ensure a speedy recovery include:
- Take pain medication as prescribed and recommended by our surgeon
- Follow the diet our team recommends, which typically includes soft foods like soup, yogurt, and smoothies
- Avoid anything that may prevent normal healing
- Abstain from smoking
- Avoid drinking through a straw for 24 hours
Our team is committed to giving you and your teeth the best care possible. Though dental extraction can seem daunting, our oral surgeon has the experience needed to perform quickly and efficiently, leaving your gums feeling healthier in no time.
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