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FAQS About Tooth Extractions

There are times a tooth should be extracted to improve oral health and prevent additional complications. Impacted wisdom teeth and overcrowding are two common reasons for extraction. In Lake Oswego, OR, tooth extractions are performed at Lake Oswego Smiles, where Dr. Dale McNutt can determine if you need your tooth removed.

When should a tooth be extracted? 

There are many reasons when tooth extraction is the best treatment option. Extensive damage is one reason. A tooth that cannot be preserved with dental fillings, crowns, or root canal therapy must be removed. Failing to pull out the tooth could result in infection or decay spreading to other areas, as well as cause lingering pain and sensitivity.

Another reason for extracting a tooth is that it is impacted, which often occurs with wisdom teeth. Impacted teeth have not fully pushed through the gums. When teeth are impacted, inflammation and jaw pain can occur. There is also a higher risk of developing gum disease in the surrounding gum tissue. Wisdom teeth that are not extracted might still need to be removed if they are causing overcrowding.

Teeth are sometimes also extracted in preparation for orthodontic treatment. Any remaining baby teeth are typically removed prior to beginning orthodontic treatment. Additionally, If crowding is a problem and there is not enough room for all the teeth, certain permanent teeth might be extracted to create enough room for the remaining teeth.

What is the benefit of extracting a tooth?

Extracting teeth when needed can lead to better oral health. Removing infected or decayed teeth prevents the spread of infection or decay to other areas of the mouth. When overcrowding is a problem, removing some teeth to create additional space can make it easier to maintain better oral hygiene. Teeth that are crowded together create optimal places for harmful bacteria to hide. Finally, extracting impacted wisdom teeth decreases the risk of developing gum disease in the affected area.

How is a tooth extraction performed?

At our office in Lake Oswego, OR, tooth extractions can be performed as a simple or surgical extraction. Dr. McNutt will determine what type of extraction is needed based on the tooth being removed. Before beginning the procedure, local anesthesia or sedation is applied to minimize discomfort and help patients relax.

If a simple extraction is being performed, special tools are used to loosen the tooth and then lift it out. More complicated situations, such as an impacted tooth, often require surgical extraction. In that case, the tooth is broken into smaller pieces that are easier to extract. Once the extraction is complete, the gum tissue is stitched closed and will heal within a week or two.

Tooth extraction can promote better oral health and prevent more serious complications from developing. For tooth extractions in Lake Oswego, OR, schedule a consultation with Dr. McNutt by calling Lake Oswego Smiles at (503) 635-3653.

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