EXTRACTIONS AND WISDOM TEETH

A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from the surrounding bone and gum. Extracting, or “pulling,” a tooth in adults is done for a variety of reasons. Often, extractions are necessary because a tooth is so severely damaged from decay or trauma that it cannot be saved. Sometimes the nerve in a tooth dies and the tooth, as well as the gum and bone around it, become severely infected. Other times people’s mouths are not large enough to fit all their teeth, as is often the case with wisdom teeth.

What are the benefits of having a Tooth Extraction?

Extracting a tooth is beneficial because it eliminates existing pain and infection. An extraction can also provide the space for your teeth to line up properly and allow your bone and gum to be healthy. Both a healthy mouth and a healthy bite are important for your long term overall wellness.

What are the risks of having a Tooth Extraction?

The risks of having a tooth extracted include additional pain, infection or nerve damage. Although a certain amount of discomfort is expected, your dentist will recommend the appropriate medication to minimize pain after your tooth is extracted.

 

The process of having a tooth extracted can cause bacteria in your mouth, or from the infected tooth, to enter your bloodstream and cause infection in other parts of your body. People who have artificial heart valves or artificial joints may be prone to infection by these bacteria. Antibiotics may need to be taken prior to your tooth extraction to manage this risk.

 

The areas where a tooth was extracted may become infected after the extraction. This area may also develop a painful condition called “dry socket.” Both an infection and a dry socket are conditions that must be evaluated by your dentist in order for them to be effectively treated.

 

Some extractions have a higher risk of causing damage to the nerves that carry feeling to your face. Most often this nerve damage will feel like parts of your face are numb or tingling. Usually this sensation resolves within six months of having your extraction. Occasionally the nerve damage is permanent.

What is the alternative to having a Tooth Extraction?

If a tooth is broken down due to decay or trauma, a dentist may be able to restore the tooth instead of extracting it. If a tooth is infected but adequate tooth structure and bone support remain, it may be saved with a root canal treatment. Sometimes periodontal surgery can be performed around a compromised tooth to reduce disease and prevent the need for a tooth extraction.

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Alex Dreifke
September 23, 2020.
I had a great experience here. Everyone was super nice and seemed personally interested in me as a person as well as my oral health. My teeth feel super clean, and it was overall a great experience. Definitely recommended!
Jess S
Jess S
September 12, 2020.
I went in for my first appointment and Dr Quigley and his staff were very kind and welcoming. The entire appointment was a “getting to know you” type visit with a super thorough exam/assessment, including lots of photos for a record and visual to assure everyone is on the same page. They seem very concerned with making it a pleasurable experience and environment, wanting their patient to feel safe and at ease. I look forward to working with them.
Anna Nelson
Anna Nelson
August 12, 2020.
I moved to Bend and needed a new dentist. I ended up with Dental Wellness of Bend and have to say, that I really love the practice and the whole team. My dentist, Dr. Quigley, is really great! He makes you feel so comfortable even when you are a little nervous and I definitely feel very well taken care of there. I think they do a great job. The routine exams and cleanings are very thorough and they definitely don't miss anything!
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August 11, 2020.
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July 15, 2020.
I wasn't an established patient and called with a dental emergency. They got me in quickly. I was terrified and having a full meltdown and these wonderful people were calm to my chaos and so patient with me. I was a wreck and they were so compassionate. They were not just there to fix my broken molar but to help me, as a distraught person, get though this. Thank you!
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Christine Keeth
June 30, 2020.
An office that is using the latest technology to diagnose. I've had two cleanings and understand what work will be needed. Service is prompt and friendly.
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June 25, 2020.
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Lola Hill
June 16, 2020.
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