At Troutdale Dental, we strive to save natural teeth whenever they are healthy and work in harmony with the mouth. If we do recommend a dental extraction, we do not take it lightly and will seek other alternatives first. In some cases, removing a tooth will benefit or protect your oral health.
Reasons to Extract Teeth
Some of the most common reasons we extract teeth include:
- Problematic wisdom teeth
- Preparation for orthodontics
- Deep decay that cannot be restored
- Infection in the tooth or bone
- Split or severely fractured teeth
- Failed root canal teeth
- Preparation for complete dentures
3-D Cone Beam Technology
When we plan for dental extractions, we can discuss nitrous oxide sedation if you need a little help to relax. Because we use 3-D cone beam imaging, the teeth extractions we perform in our Troutdale dental office are more efficient because of high-resolution, realistic x-rays to identify the angles of the roots, any nearby nerves, and the status of the bone.
Teeth Extraction Aftercare
Once we remove the tooth, following a few simple instructions will make healing faster and more comfortable.
Don’t smoke – Carcinogens in tobacco are proved to slow oral health healing, which includes extractions and dental implant placement.
Avoid drinking through a straw – The suction that comes from smoking or drinking through a straw can dislodge the healing tissue inside the extraction site. Not only does this open the area to bacteria, but it also causes a painful condition called dry socket.
Avoid chewing on the area – Until the tissue heals, it is a good idea to avoid chewing on the extraction site. Food particles can irritate the healing area.
Eat soft foods – Greek yogurt, sweet potatoes, lukewarm soup, and mashed potatoes can all feel comforting and are easy on your mouth while you heal.
Rinse gently – Rather than brushing the area with a toothbrush, gently swish warm water to clean away any debris.
Every patient is different. We will discuss your post-surgical care with you and cover any questions you may have.
Replacing Missing Teeth
We understand the emotional and physical implications that come with extractions. Unless you have wisdom teeth removed, it is likely that you will want to replace your missing tooth. Fortunately, we offer the full range of teeth replacement options at Troutdale Dental to ensure that your diet and smile do not suffer.
Contact Us If You Have Tooth Pain or Swelling
A dental emergency does not always mean that you need a dental extraction. Often, root canals and restorations can repair natural teeth. Give us a call to get the answers you need about your dental conditions with trusted local dentists who will treat you like family.