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Tooth Extraction


Our staff at College Hill Dental considers the extraction of a tooth to be a serious matter and we only recommend it when it is necessary to the overall health of the patient. If we determine that other treatment options not be an option, then extraction can be a solution.

Reasons for Tooth Extraction


We may recommend the extraction of a tooth when the patient has the following:

Woman smiling after healing from tooth extractions by College Hill Dental in Eugene Oregon.
•  Malocclusion: At times, an orthodontist may recommend a tooth extraction to improve the bite of the patient. Known in dentistry as a malocclusion, a bad bite can be problematic for a patient, causing conditions such as TMJ dysfunction, bruxism, or cosmetic problems.
•  Extra Teeth: At times a patient may have extra teeth competing for the same space. The best course of action in this instance is the removal of one of the teeth. Ideally, this is done before the tooth is problematic to the patient.
•  Impacted Teeth: An impacted tooth is a tooth that can not fully come out of the gum tissue, often due to overcrowding. Impacted teeth are a significantly greater risk of developing an infection because there is space for bacteria to get stuck and hide. Wisdom teeth are often removed because they are impacted.
•  Decayed or Damaged: Teeth that are severely decayed or damaged may require extraction. It is always our first attempt to preserve a tooth when we can, but if there is insufficient tooth structure to adhere a crown, or if the patient has significant bone loss, we may need to extract.


Tooth Extraction Procedure


The process of removing a tooth can be categorized as being non-surgical or surgical. Though we will discuss treatment with you before beginning, at times, we may begin a non-surgical extraction that quickly turns into a surgical extraction.

Non-Surgical Extraction


A non-surgical extraction can be completed on a tooth that is fully extended and intact. This type of extraction means that we can take a pair of forceps and be able to wrap them around the tooth. We will begin with a lever which is used to pull up and lift the tooth from the root and then pull the tooth out with forceps. This process is not the most comfortable, though we will provide a local anesthetic to numb the area to assist with discomfort. The patient will experience a certain amount of bleeding that should stop within a short time. We will review post-treatment care instructions with you before you leave. It is preferred that the patient take it easy for the first 1-2 days following extraction, this is for their comfort and to reduce the incidence of continued bleeding.

Surgical Extraction


Surgical extraction means that it was necessary to make cuts to retrieve the tooth from the socket. This is done for teeth that are impacted including wisdom teeth, also known as third molars. For some patients, it may be necessary to break, or quarter, the tooth and then remove it in sections. Patients who have a tooth surgically extracted often have a suture placed, this will reduce bleeding, but also means that the patient will need to return for the removal of the suture. We will provide you with care instructions before you leave. There are steps you can take to reduce the chance of developing infection and how to handle any bleeding, including information on excessive bleeding.
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