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Tooth Extraction Hillsboro
Hillsboro, OR

Photo of dental extraction tools holding a tooth at Beaverton Oral Surgeons in Hillsboro, ORDental professionals strive diligently to maintain the health and structural integrity of teeth. However, when preservation isn't feasible, tooth extraction becomes a necessary option.

Tooth extraction is typically performed by a dental professional or oral surgeon in a quick outpatient procedure utilizing general, local, intravenous anesthesia, or a combination thereof. While visible teeth can often be removed without surgery, more invasive procedures are required for broken, impacted, or submerged teeth.

Why Might Tooth Extraction Be Necessary?

Although wisdom teeth removal is common among teens and adults, various factors may necessitate tooth extraction. Instances include tooth decay, infection, or overcrowding. Patients undergoing orthodontic treatment may require tooth removal to create space for proper alignment. Additionally, individuals undergoing medical treatments like chemotherapy may need compromised teeth removed to maintain oral health.

Severe Damage

One primary reason for tooth extraction is severe damage. Trauma from accidents, sports injuries, or extensive decay can compromise a tooth's structural integrity beyond repair, necessitating extraction in order to prevent further complications.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, often erupt during late adolescence or early adulthood. However, due to space constraints or improper positioning, these teeth can become impacted, leading to pain, swelling, and infection. Extracting impacted wisdom teeth is a common solution to alleviate discomfort and avoid oral health issues.


Orthodontic concerns, especially overcrowding, may require tooth extraction. In cases where the jaw lacks sufficient space for all teeth to align properly, extracting one or more teeth creates room for optimal alignment, enhancing the effectiveness of orthodontic treatments like braces or aligners.

Gum Disease

Advanced gum disease, or periodontal disease, can result in tooth loss. When gum disease compromises the supporting structures of a tooth, including the bone, extraction may be necessary to prevent infection spread and maintain overall gum health.

Preparation for Orthodontics

Strategic tooth extraction is sometimes part of orthodontic treatment plans. In cases of severe crowding or misalignment, orthodontists may recommend extracting specific teeth to create space and facilitate proper alignment, ensuring treatment success in achieving a straighter and more functional smile.

Tooth Extraction FAQs

Does Tooth Extraction Hurt?

Pain perception varies, but modern dental techniques aim to minimize discomfort during tooth extraction. Dentists typically administer local anesthesia to numb the extraction site, ensuring a pain-free tooth extraction procedure. Sedation options may be available for complex cases, or used to calm patients that may have dental anxiety.

Post-extraction, mild discomfort is common, often managed with prescribed pain medication. Adhering to post-operative care instructions can significantly reduce discomfort during the recovery period.

How Long Does a Tooth Extraction Take?

The duration varies based on factors such as tooth location, complexity, and individual circumstances. Simple extractions of visible teeth may take only a few minutes, while surgical extractions for impacted or deeply rooted teeth may require longer. Typically, the process, from assessment to completion, ranges from 20 minutes to an hour. We always prioritize patient comfort and safety.

What Can I Eat After Tooth Extraction?

Following extraction, opt for soft, easy-to-chew foods to avoid disrupting healing. Recommended options include soup, yogurt, applesauce, pudding, mashed potatoes, and pasta. Avoid hot, spicy, or hard foods that could irritate or damage the extraction site. You will gradually be able to reintroduce a regular diet, as instructed by the dentist.

Can I Brush My Teeth After Tooth Extraction?

Maintain oral hygiene post-extraction, but be cautious around the extraction site. Avoid direct brushing for the first 24 hours to protect the blood clot forming in the socket. Afterward, gently brush surrounding teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush, following any additional oral care instructions provided.

When to Stop Using Gauze After Tooth Extraction

Gauze aids in controlling bleeding and forming a blood clot over the extraction site. Duration varies but typically ranges from 30 minutes to an hour. Follow provided instructions regarding gauze usage and contact us promptly if bleeding persists beyond expectations.

Understanding the tooth extraction procedure, from pain management to post-operative care, can alleviate concerns surrounding the procedure. By communicating openly with us, following tooth extraction aftercare instructions, and prioritizing oral hygiene, patients can experience a smooth recovery process.

For inquiries or consultations, please contact us at (971) 249-8370.
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400 E Main St Ste 120, Hillsboro, OR 97123
Hillsboro, OR 97123-4163
(971) 249-8370


3925 SW 153rd Drive #100
Beaverton, OR 97003
(503) 646-7101


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