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Tooth Extraction NE Portland OR

Concerned patient discussing her tooth pain with her dentist while sitting in a dental chair at Hunter Dental Care in Portland, ORTooth extraction is a dental procedure that involves the complete removal of a tooth from its socket.

While dentists strive to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible, there are situations where extraction becomes necessary. If your tooth is extensively damaged and no other treatment options are viable, extraction may be recommended.

To learn more about tooth extraction, we invite you to visit Hunter Dental Care in Portland.

When is Tooth Extraction Needed?

There are several reasons why a tooth extraction may be necessary.

Dentists typically consider extraction as a last resort when other treatment options are not feasible or have failed.

Tooth extraction may be advised for cracked teeth, overcrowding, severe tooth decay, tooth displacement, impacted teeth, advanced gum disease, or other oral injuries.

Some common reasons for tooth extraction also include:

Severe Tooth Decay

When a tooth is extensively decayed, and the damage is beyond repair with procedures like fillings or root canals, extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection to surrounding teeth.

Advanced Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)

In cases of severe gum disease where the supporting bone is compromised, extraction may be required to preserve the health of adjacent teeth and gums.

Tooth Infection (Abscess)

If an infection within a tooth cannot be effectively treated with antibiotics or root canal therapy, extraction may be needed to eliminate the source of the infection.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, often do not have enough space to erupt properly and may become impacted, which means they are trapped beneath the gum line.

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, infection, or damage to adjacent teeth and may require extraction.

Orthodontic Treatment

In some orthodontic cases, teeth may need to be extracted to create enough space in the mouth for proper alignment and to achieve the desired bite.


When there is insufficient space in the mouth to accommodate all of the teeth, one or more teeth may need to be extracted to alleviate crowding and facilitate orthodontic treatment or to prevent dental problems.

Trauma or Injury

Teeth that have been severely damaged due to trauma, such as a car accident or a fall, may require extraction if they cannot be adequately restored.

Impending Infection

If a tooth is at risk of developing an infection due to its condition, extraction may be considered as a preventive measure.

An example would be a cracked tooth with a high risk of infection.

Malpositioned or Supernumerary Teeth

Teeth that are positioned in a way that hinders proper alignment or function or extra teeth (supernumerary teeth) that may interfere with the bite may need to be removed.

Medical Conditions

In certain medical conditions, such as cancer treatments, organ transplants, or orthopedic surgery, tooth extractions may be recommended to reduce the risk of infection.

3D rendered xray of an impacted wisdom tooth butting against the tooth next to it at Hunter Dental Care in Portland, OR

Preparing for Tooth Extraction

Before performing an extraction, your dentist will gather essential information about your dental history and examine the affected tooth, gums, and surrounding tissues.

X-rays will be taken to assess the extent of damage to the tooth. It is important to inform your dentist about any supplements, medications, or vitamins you are taking.

Based on this information, your dentist will recommend the most suitable tooth extraction method. In some cases, a referral to an oral surgeon may be necessary.

Types of Tooth Extraction Methods

There are two primary methods in which dental extractions can be performed. These are simple extractions and surgical extractions.

Simple Extractions

A simple extraction is used for visible teeth.

The dentist begins by administering a local anesthetic to numb the area around the affected tooth. Using an elevator, the tooth is gently loosened and then extracted with dental forceps. No incisions or stitches are required.

Recovery typically takes only a few days, and pain relief medications may be recommended if needed.

Surgical Extractions

Surgical extractions are a more complex procedure performed on teeth that are not visible in the mouth.

These types of extractions may involve local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on the specific case and the patient's needs.

A surgical extraction may be necessary to remove wisdom teeth, broken or fractured teeth, teeth with curved or long roots, or impacted wisdom teeth or canine teeth.

The dentist will make a small incision in the gum to access and remove the tooth beneath. This process takes longer than a simple extraction and may necessitate sutures, which extend the recovery period.

Post-Tooth Extraction Care

After tooth extraction, your dentist will place sterile gauze on the surgical site to minimize bleeding.

A blood clot will form to reduce the risk of dry socket and promote healing. Minor bleeding, discomfort, and pain may be experienced for up to 24 hours. Swelling and discomfort are also common during this initial period.

You can use ice packs wrapped in a cloth to reduce swelling, and over-the-counter pain medications (as recommended by your dentist) for pain relief.

Your dentist will provide instructions for a speedy recovery and proper care of the extraction site.

Keeping the area clean is crucial to prevent infection. Additionally, it's important to avoid smoking, vigorous mouth rinsing, strenuous physical activity, and hot beverages. Using a straw is also discouraged, as it can loosen the newly formed blood clot.

If you experience severe pain, fever, or excessive bleeding, contact your dentist promptly.

What to Eat After Tooth Extraction

Stick to soft and lukewarm or cold foods during this time to avoid irritating the extraction site.

Avoid hard, crunchy, spicy, and hot foods as they can potentially disturb the healing process or cause discomfort. Most people can resume a normal diet within a week or so, but it's essential to gradually reintroduce firmer foods.

Recovery Period After Tooth Extraction

Recovery time varies from person to person, with some individuals healing more quickly than others. Typically, most people recover within a few days, with some requiring up to three days for full recovery.

Recovery time after a surgical extraction can take up to a few weeks.

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For more information on tooth extraction procedures and personalized guidance, we encourage you to visit us in Portland.

To schedule an appointment, please call us today at (503) 256-3737. Your dental health and well-being are our top priorities.


1739 NE 122nd Ave
Portland, OR 97230-1914


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