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A dental extraction involves removing one or more teeth from your mouth. There are a number of reasons why you may need to have a tooth extracted. There are a few different ways we can perform extractions, too. The method used often depends on why we are extracting the tooth and the overall health of that tooth. If you are in need of an extraction, the team at Pacific Woods Dental is ready to assist you. We will make the process as easy as possible.
Why Are Tooth Extractions Necessary?
Extractions may be done for a number of reasons. One of the most common type of dental extractions done involve the wisdom teeth. These teeth, which come in at the very back of the mouth, are not necessary to properly chew or eat food. In many instances, they actually cause damage to your other teeth or become stuck under the gums, causing pain. Extracting wisdom teeth is a very common procedure.
If you have a tooth that has become so decayed that there is not enough of it left for a filling, the easiest solution is to remove that tooth. You may also have a tooth that has become infected and needs to be removed to prevent the infection from spreading. If you have advanced periodontal disease, it may be possible that one or more of your teeth are no longer fully anchored in the gums. These teeth may need to be extracted before they come loose on their own.
Another reason why we may need to extract a tooth is when teeth come in too close together. When teeth crowd together like this, they end up shifting out of alignment. This can lead to a misaligned bite and may cause other teeth to shift over time. Removing one will keep your teeth straight. At times, we may need to remove a tooth before placing braces so there is room for the remaining teeth to move into place.
How Is a Tooth Extraction Done?
An extraction is a fairly basic procedure. We will provide local anesthesia, and typically, a simple extraction takes less than an hour. However, if a tooth is broken off or impacted, we may have to do a surgical extraction instead. This type of extraction requires making a small incision into the gum to remove the tooth. This type of extraction takes longer and is more invasive, which means it may take longer for the gums to fully heal.
Before you have a tooth extracted, we will take digital x-rays and closely examine the rest of your mouth for other conditions that may be related to the tooth. We will also ask you a series of questions about your health to ensure there are no unexpected complications. In some instances, you may need to take antibiotics in the days leading up to the extraction.
Do You Need to Have a Tooth Extracted?
If you have a tooth that is causing severe pain, has broken off, or is impacted and has not burst through the gums, it may need to be extracted. While we always view extractions as a last resort, sometimes it is the only option. The only way to tell if you need to have a tooth extracted is to come in for an examination. Contact Pacific Woods Dental at 503-292-5483 today to make an appointment.