Understanding the Extraction Procedure
Do you have a problematic tooth that is damaged beyond restoration? Portland City Dental has got you covered. While tooth restoration is our preferred solution for damaged teeth, they can sometimes be beyond treating. In such a case, extraction is the best solution to get rid of the problematic teeth, and their symptoms (for example, toothache). Our affordable and professional tooth extraction solutions help to ensure that you get the best dental care before, during, and after the procedure. Read on to find out more.
Why Do You Need a Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction is necessary and the last resort solution to remove a damaged tooth. The damage could be due to some dental problems such as:
|Extensive tooth decay.
|Damage of the teeth, gums, and jawbone due to advanced gum disease.
|Impacted wisdom teeth.
|A dental injury that severely damages a tooth.
We can perform tooth extraction as part of a dental treatment solution. For example, when treating overcrowded teeth. We also offer extraction services for the removal of nearly that are ready to come out, to pave the way for the permanent teeth.
Types of Tooth Extraction
Tooth extractions can be classified into two categories: simple extractions and surgical extractions.
|Simple tooth extraction - this involves simply pulling off a tooth after loosening its hold on the jawbone. The extraction is performed under local anesthetic to ensure your comfort..
|Surgical extraction - surgical extraction involves surgically removing a tooth by cutting into the gum tissues to expose it. The procedure is usually offered for complex situations such as when you have impacted teeth, a broken tooth that cannot be easily removed, a tooth with large roots, etc.
The Extraction Procedure
A tooth extraction procedure starts with a dental examination to assess the condition of the affected tooth and determine if extraction is the right treatment. Dental x-rays are usually taken for diagnostic purposes. The x-rays also come in handy when deciding on the type of extraction; by identifying problems such as badly positioned or large roots.
Sedation is used during the extraction to keep you comfortable and to numb your gums. Local anesthesia is usually used, but it can be combined with additional sedation options for increased comfort. After sedation, the tooth is then pulled out, either in a simple or surgical extraction depending on the situation.
Aftercare and Recovery
After a tooth extraction procedure, you will experience some side effects such as bleeding, pain (after the sedation wears off, and soreness and swelling of the surrounding gum tissue. These are normal side effects of the extraction, and they usually start to fade within a few hours when the gums start healing.
During the healing period, it is vital to properly take care of the wounds to prevent an infection. This can be done by proper oral hygiene through regular brushing and rinsing (with salt water or mouthwash). However, it is vital to avoid irritating the gums through aggressive brushing and flossing of the extraction site. You should also avoid hard, sticky, hot, and spicy foods for a while until the gums heal.
Do you have a tooth that requires extraction? Portland City Dental can help. We can offer you tooth extraction, as well as other dental solutions such as dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants to replace the extracted tooth. Call us today at (503) 256-7917 to schedule an appointment.