Maybe you are dealing with troublesome wisdom teeth. Maybe you have a tooth that was severely cracked in an accident. Or perhaps one of your teeth is simply infected. Disease and damage can happen to our teeth for all sorts of reasons, but sometimes the best thing our oral surgeons can do is extract the tooth in question to better preserve the overall health of the rest of your mouth and smile. When you need a tooth extracted, Beaverton Oral Surgeons is here to make sure it is as easy and fast as possible.
Why Are Teeth Extracted?
We already mentioned wisdom teeth as one possible reason that teeth need to be extracted, and indeed, these are one of the most common extractions that our surgeons perform. Wisdom teeth are an exception though because the teeth themselves are usually healthy. Typically, extractions are performed on teeth that are severely cracked, diseased, or otherwise damaged. We might do this to stop infection from spreading to nearby teeth, so we can replace the tooth with a dental bridge or implant, or to make room for dentures which must form a seal with the gums. Whenever we perform an extraction, we will always first go over your options to replace the missing tooth. In general, we highly recommend dental implants as the best way to support your long-term oral health while giving you the most aesthetically pleasing smile.
What to Expect When Having a Tooth Extracted
Extracting an incisor is different from extracting a molar, and the extraction will also change depending on the state and health of the tooth itself. If the tooth can easily be seen and isn’t impacted by other teeth, it is a simple extraction. If the tooth has yet to fully erupt, or is completely below the gumline, then the procedure is slightly more complex and is known as a surgical extraction. Both simple and surgical extractions take approximately an hour for each tooth. Even surgical extractions typically only require local anesthesia. You should experience no discomfort, just pressure and some loud noises, so bring earbuds if you would prefer to listen to music.
Recovering From an Extraction
No two extractions are exactly the same, which means no two patients will receive the same aftercare instructions. Still, there are a few general tips that can help everyone. It is extremely important that you keep the extraction site clean because it is easy for an infection to develop in an unhygienic site. When cleaning, be careful to not brush the site itself or swish water and toothpaste over the site since this can disrupt the healing process. Healing usually only takes a few days, so during this period try to avoid spicy or crunchy foods and stick with soft foods that are easy to chew.
Find Out More!
If you want to learn more about all of your options when it comes to tooth extractions, our oral surgeons are eager to answer your questions. To find out more, call Beaverton Oral Surgeons at (971) 249-8370 today!