Unfortunately, sometimes teeth have to come out and I can take out about 85% of the teeth that we see come in. If you're in that 15%, typically it's an impacted wisdom tooth, or it's badly broken to the point where I don't have the tools to take it out. The other teeth that I'm more hesitant to take out are teeth that are up here near your sinus. If the roots look they're involved with the sinus, I'll usually refer to an oral surgeon.
But for the most part, if a tooth needs to come out, it's usually one or two things. It's had a decay that's gone into the nerve and the patient elects not to do the root canal and they elect take the tooth out. Or, the tooth is so badly broken that I can't fix it, I can't save it. Or, to do so would put the patient in a situation where they might get five or six months out of the tooth before it broke again and ethically I just, I wouldn't do that to the patient.
So, we do take teeth out. I don't love taking teeth out as far as for the patient I'm not a huge advocate of tooth removal, but when it happens, when it has to happen, I absolutely can do it. But it's a procedure that is relatively simple anymore. the build-up is probably worse in your head than it is actually doing the procedure. It's really no different than getting a filling.
Most of the time, patients will get numb and will check around the tooth to make sure that it feels numb, that there's no sharp pain when I touch the gums, and really the only ting I've been told that people feel is pressure, depending on how well-rooted the tooth is in the bone will determine how much pressure you have. So, with tooth extractions it's really is a relatively quick and painless procedure.
We’ll start by saying that we use tooth extractions as an absolute last resort! Many patients come to our Salem, OR dental office with a severe infection that cannot be corrected with a root canal, or they have teeth that have been severely broken. By extracting failing teeth, we remove harmful infections that could otherwise spread to nearby healthy teeth. We also offer tooth extraction for third molars, also known as wisdom teeth.
What Causes Your Teeth To Fail?
The biggest contributing factor for adult tooth loss is gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can form a painful infection that works its way between the gums and teeth and even down to the jawbone. A rampant infection can cause your teeth to become loose and fail. It’s also possible for breaks and fractures to lead to tooth loss. We can restore a tooth only so many times before it becomes impossible to save.
When we extract the teeth, we can help you fill those missing gaps with a dental bridge, full or partial dentures, or even dental implants. Dental implants are made from titanium and act as anchors for permanent, lifelike restorations. The incredible thing about dental implants is that the titanium naturally fuses to your jawbone, meaning the implant becomes part of your body!
We work with a laboratory to create restorations and with an oral surgeon who places dental implants. We can then restore your dental implants with strong, natural-looking tooth restoration that let you eat anything you want!
Don’t Let Wisdom Teeth Ruin Your Smile
In addition to removing damaged teeth, we also remove teeth to help you maintain a healthier mouth. Wisdom teeth are molars that often erupt when patients are in their teens or early 20s. The problem with wisdom teeth is that they almost always grow in sideways. Fully developed wisdom teeth can push against your back molars and potentially disrupt the alignment of your teeth. We can handle both single and multiple wisdom tooth extraction. The treatment is common for patients undergoing orthodontic treatment. Patients often experience pain and tenderness when the wisdom teeth erupt, so it’s important to have them removed.
While we do many wisdom tooth extractions in-office, we also refer patients to oral surgeons. Our anxious or nervous patients can take comfort knowing that we offer sedation dentistry. We can prescribe you a pill to take before your visit, and by the time a friend or family member drives you to our office, you’ll find yourself in a total state of relaxation.
Our office is available to discuss your dental needs and to plan out dental treatments. We view most tooth extractions as a last resort, but the procedure can also help improve your overall and oral health. Following tooth extraction, we give our patients special post-operative instructions and can give you beautiful, natural-looking tooth replacement options.
If you’re struggling with failing teeth or have painful wisdom teeth pushing against your back molars, don’t wait for your problems to progress. Call our Salem, OR dental office today at 503-837-2718 or use the online form to book a visit.