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Tooth Extractions


Woman holding cheek due to tooth ache in West Linn, OR.Our team at Roane Family Dental, is happy to teach you about the oral benefits of tooth extractions. A tooth extraction is the removal or pulling out of a tooth due to severe damage. It is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the alveolar bone. Among the multiple reasons for tooth extraction, the most dominant is tooth decay or infection. Infections come with an agonizing pain (toothache) in the region of the affected tooth with the most extreme remedy being to remove the tooth.

Tooth extraction is necessary for improving and preserving dental health. Teeth are pulled to prevent further spreading of decay and possible further damage to the weakened tooth by pressure from chewing and biting. Tooth extraction is a process that can be quickly performed using local anesthetics for relieving pain. However, sometimes this removal can be challenging because of the type of damage to the tooth, positioning, and root shape.

Why Do We Extract Teeth?


There are various reasons for tooth extraction. Teeth could be extracted if the surrounding gum is infected or damaged. When the wisdom tooth is stuck and unable to grow normally, it may cause infections in the gum, and this can be avoided by extracting the tooth. Another reason is tooth decay, the breakdown of a tooth by bacteria which is responsible for about two-thirds of extractions.

A decayed tooth, if not extracted, could endanger the general outlook of the mouth. It can also make normal oral functions like eating and speaking painful. Treating tumors around the head and neck could require that teeth be removed before radiation treatments. The extraction of an infected tooth reduces the damage to adjacent teeth and bones.

Types of Extraction


There are two major types of tooth extraction. A simple extraction is mainly applied to fully visible teeth in the mouth. It is the removal of a severely decayed or damaged tooth. In a simple extraction, a local anesthetic is injected into the affected region, which numbs it and eliminates the pain experienced during removal. During extraction, an instrument (elevator) is used to loosen the tooth, and then forceps are applied for the extraction.

The other type of extraction is surgical extraction. A surgical extraction involves the removal of inaccessible teeth because they have not fully erupted or they lie broken under the gumline. Performing surgical extraction almost always requires gum incision. Unlike simple extraction, surgical extraction does not only need a local anesthetic, but it also may require intravenous anesthesia. General anesthesia could also be administered to keep the patient unconscious throughout the extraction process.

Before extraction, an x-ray of the area would be taken to help in planning the best method of removal. X-rays help in determining the shape, length, and position of the affected tooth. Medical history (including the drugs consumed) would be taken to avoid any complications. It is advisable to avoid food or drink six to eight hours before the extraction procedure. It is important that smoking is avoided on the day of the surgery; this may increase post-operative pain. Patients with running nose or cough are advised to call in before the extraction so it may be suspended or the anesthesia may be changed.

If you are suffering tooth pain, and need professional help in finding a solution, get in touch with our team. Contact us, Roane Family Dental at (503) 974-0464 today.

I adore Dr. Roane and his staff.

"I have been a patient here for 10 years, since he started this practice. He has fixed my chipped front teeth twice, most recently this week. He is truly an artist and such a nice guy! My teeth look natural and healthy again. As always, the procedure was painless, quick, and professional. The office is clean, the front office is efficient, and everyone is friendly.

Dr. Roane even opened the clinic on New Year's Day a few years ago to treat my daughter's dry socket after she had her wisdom teeth pulled. I will always be grateful for that, and will remain a loyal patient here even though I moved to Tigard 2 years ago."
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