Tooth Extractions – Redmond, OR
A Virtually Pain-Free Procedure
We know that preserving your natural teeth is important, which is why we’ll always make every effort to save your pearly whites when possible. Unfortunately, sometimes the damage is just too extensive, and we’ll have no choice but to perform a tooth extraction. Dr. Schwam will take every step to make sure you stay comfortable throughout the procedure, combining sedation dentistry with modern techniques; he’ll also make sure that you receive a high-quality replacement that will allow you to continue to eat and speak normally. If you’ve got a toothache that won’t go away, contact our office immediately so that we can help you choose the best treatment option for your case.
When Does a Tooth Need to Be Extracted?
Tooth extraction in Redmond is considered a “last resort” for protecting your oral health. It’s usually used in the following situations:
- Badly Decayed Teeth: When a cavity is left untreated, bacteria can eat through the enamel layer and infect the pulp underneath. If the infection becomes severe enough, it could spread to other parts of the body unless the tooth is removed.
- Impacted Teeth: If a tooth can’t erupt normally, it can become impacted, meaning it’s trapped under the gums. This could end up damaging other teeth and increase your risk of an infection. Wisdom teeth are commonly impacted, which is why they’re often removed.
- Overcrowding: Some patients need orthodontic treatment to correct serious bite problems, but if the teeth are too crowded together, there won’t be enough room for realignment. An extraction will create the space needed for a successful treatment.
- Physical Injury: If a tooth is too broken for a crown or another kind of restoration to fix, extraction could be the only option.
How Does the Procedure Work?
A simple tooth extraction is performed on fully erupted teeth that are visible in the mouth. A device called an elevator loosens the tooth, which is then removed with forceps. We’ll use a local anesthetic so that you won’t feel any pain during the procedure (although you’ll likely feel some pressure).
In the case of impacted teeth, a surgical extraction is normally required. Oral conscious sedation can be used to make sure you stay comfortable throughout the process. A small incision will be made in the bone so that we can access the tooth. In some cases, it might not be possible to extract the tooth whole, so we’ll take it out in pieces instead.
What to Expect After an Extraction
It takes a few days to recover from a tooth extraction. Using an ice pack can keep any swelling down, and over-the-counter pain medication is usually enough to control any discomfort. A blood clot will form in the tooth’s socket to protect the area while it heals; to make sure the blood clot stays in place, avoid excessive spitting, and don’t use a straw for at least 24 hours. After the first day, you can mix a half-teaspoon of salt with eight ounces of warm water and use the solution to rinse out your mouth.