Joshua R. Opperman, DMD -  - Dentist

Joshua R. Opperman, DMD

Dentist located in Portland, OR

Getting a tooth pulled isn’t fun, but sometimes an extraction is necessary to prevent further complications. For expert extractions, turn to the experienced team at Joshua R. Opperman, DMD Family Dentistry in Portland, Oregon. We're the place to go when you need to have a tooth pulled. Schedule a consultation online or call the office.


Why might I need a tooth pulled?

Permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but for many reasons, this doesn't always happen. For example, a tooth may need to be extracted because it's too diseased to keep. Decay, trauma, and lifestyle may all contribute to needing a tooth pulled.

Dr. Opperman may recommend an extraction if you're dealing with one of the following situations:

  • Risk of infection from an unsuccessful root canal
  • Risk of infection during an organ transplant or chemotherapy
  • Advanced periodontal (gum) disease
  • Crowded or extra teeth
  • No room for third molars (wisdom teeth)

How are extractions performed?

There are two types of extraction procedures: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. During a simple extraction, Dr. Opperman loosens your tooth with a small instrument and lifts it out with dental forceps.

A surgical extraction is more complex. The tooth may be broken off close to the gumline or hasn't yet grown through the gum line, which is typical of wisdom teeth. In these situations, Dr. Opperman makes a small incision into the gum to access and remove the tooth. The tooth may need to be cut into pieces to be extracted. It may also be necessary to remove some of the bone around the affected tooth.

You'll receive a local anesthetic before a simple extraction or surgical extraction so you will not feel any pain. If you're having a couple of teeth removed at one appointment, as is typical with wisdom teeth extraction, Dr. Opperman may give you an anti-anxiety medication like Ativan or Valium, or administer nitrous oxide (laughing gas).

When will I be fully healed from a tooth extraction?

While it's contingent on your particular case and the number of teeth you had removed, the initial healing period typically takes one to two weeks. New bone and gum tissue grow in the spaces where your teeth used to be. As your healing progresses, you might feel discomfort and soreness or have problems chewing, based on the invasiveness of your dental procedure.

Since everyone's situation is unique, contact Joshua R. Opperman, DMD Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation to explore your options in addition to any important post-procedure treatments such as dental implants or crowns.

Call today or schedule over the web using the booking tool.

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