Imagine this: You’re sitting in the dentist’s chair, feeling a mix of nerves and anticipation as the dental professional prepares to perform a dental extraction. While the thought of having a tooth removed may seem intimidating, sometimes it’s necessary to ensure your oral health and overall well-being. Dental extractions, or tooth extractions, can play a vital role in preserving the health of your smile. That is why we provide safe and gentle teeth extractions in Portland, Oregon.
What is a Dental Extraction?
A dental extraction, also known as tooth extraction, is a dental procedure in which we remove a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. We perform this procedure when a tooth is severely damaged, decayed, infected, or causing oral health problems. Dental extractions may also be necessary to create space for orthodontic treatment, remove impacted wisdom teeth, or prepare for dentures or dental implants.
Preserving Your Natural Teeth
At Portland Smile Design, we believe in preserving your natural teeth whenever possible. Before considering extraction, we will always explore all available options and do everything possible to save a tooth. Our highly trained dentists will conduct a thorough examination, including X-rays, to assess the condition of the affected tooth and determine the best course of action.
Common Reasons for Dental Extractions
While our primary goal is to save your natural teeth, there are certain situations where tooth extraction may be necessary. Some common reasons for dental extractions include:
Extraction may be the most viable option when a tooth is severely decayed or damaged beyond repair. The damage could be due to extensive decay, trauma, fractures, or advanced gum disease.
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, often don't have enough space for emerging or growing in proper alignment fully. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, infection, and damage to surrounding teeth, necessitating removal.
In some cases, dental extractions may be required to create space and properly align the teeth. We commonly recommend this when there is overcrowding or to address bite issues.
Before getting dentures or dental implants, it may be necessary to remove any remaining natural teeth that are causing discomfort, compromising oral health, or hindering the success of the prosthetic treatment.
The Dental Extraction Process
When dental extraction is determined to be the best course of action, our dental professionals will ensure that you are fully informed and comfortable throughout the process. Here’s what you can expect:
- Consultation and Examination: Our dentists will evaluate your oral health, review your medical history, and take X-rays to assess the condition of the affected tooth. They will discuss the reasons for extraction and address any concerns or questions you may have.
- Anesthesia and Sedation: Our dental team will ensure your comfort by administering local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth before the extraction. We offer various sedation options for patients with dental anxiety or complex extractions to help you relax and feel at ease.
- Extraction Procedure: Using specialized instruments, our skilled dentists will gently and precisely remove the tooth. They will minimize trauma to the surrounding tissues and maintain your overall comfort throughout the procedure.
- Post-Extraction Care: After the tooth extraction, we will provide detailed instructions on how to care for the extraction site. These instructions typically include controlling bleeding, managing pain and swelling, and maintaining oral hygiene.
Follow-up Appointments: Our dental team will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your healing progress and ensure that any necessary post-operative care is provided. We are committed to your well-being and will address any concerns or complications that may arise.
Dental Extractions in Portland, Oregon
At Portland Smile Design, we understand that dental extraction can be a daunting prospect. That’s why our compassionate team of dental professionals is dedicated to providing exceptional care in a warm and welcoming environment. We prioritize your comfort, safety, and overall dental health throughout the extraction process.
If you believe you may need a dental extraction in Portland or Vancouver or have concerns about your oral health, contact Portland Smile Design. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Nathan Dustin and Dr. Dillon Moya. Together, we will determine the best treatment plan to meet your needs and ensure a healthy smile for years to come.