A tooth extraction is the full removal of a tooth. Most often this procedure is done after a tooth is damaged beyond repair or when it is poorly positioned. The process involves pulling the tooth entirely from its socket in the jawbone. A more commonly discussed extraction procedure involves the removal of the third molars, also known as your wisdom teeth. At Rogue Valley Dental Center, we can evaluate and then discuss treatment options with you concerning extraction and restoration with an orthodontic device or prosthetic device as needed.
Our team at Rogue Valley Dental Center is able to assist in many of our extraction procedures, and we are also prepared to discuss pre-treatment and post-treatment options. Larger extraction procedures, including the removal of wisdom teeth, are often referred to one of the excellent local oral surgeons that we have created relationships with.
Why Are Teeth Extracted?
It is always our goal to save and restore your natural tooth structure. Your natural teeth are part of a system in your mouth, and it’s best to not disturb that whenever possible. Sometimes, extraction is necessary. This is generally when a tooth has become:
Extractions are often categorized into two procedures, non-surgical and surgical. We perform non-surgical extractions in our office. This means that the tooth is intact, fully erupted, and that we are able to use an elevator to lift the tooth out of its socket and forceps to grasp and pull the tooth. Surgical extractions are often referred to an oral surgeon. This means that the tooth is badly damaged, weakened, or impacted. Surgical extraction involves making small cuts in the tissue to retrieve the tooth.
Tooth Extraction Post-Operative Instructions
We will discuss care instructions and what to expect following your extraction. It is normal to experience small amounts of bleeding, oozing, soreness, or pain. Anything that seems elevated beyond normal should be discussed with our office or a medical professional immediately. You should always be cautious of symptoms of infection and seek medical help if concerned.
If you are experiencing discomfort following your tooth extraction, a mild analgesic like Tylenol, Advil, or Aleve may be appropriate. Contact our office or seek medical help if the pain seems out of the ordinary or lasts longer than the first few days.
While healing, it’s important to not disturb the extraction site. Do not suck through straws as it can dislodge the scab that has formed. We recommend eating a soft diet and to avoid vigorous rinsing for 24 hours following the extraction. We want the wounded area to heal.
After 24 hours, we then recommend rinsing with strong warm salt water for one minute a couple of times daily for three to four days. Salt water will reduce the level of bacteria in your mouth which can assist in reducing the development of infection and promote better healing.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Rogue Valley Dental Center at (541) 622-2525 and we will be happy to assist you with any tooth extraction needs.