Tooth extraction is the process of removing a tooth that is damaged beyond repair from its socket in the jawbone. This is a decision that should not be taken lightly, you should try and save your natural tooth structure whenever possible. Dr. Whipple can help you make this decision. Most patients also receive extractions of their wisdom teeth due to them being impacted or for potential future problems of decay due to their positioning. Most extractions can be performed in our Tigard, OR office; however, more complicated procedures may be referred to an oral surgery specialist that we work closely with.

Reasons for Tooth Extractions

  • The tooth is decayed beyond repair.
  • Uncontrolled gum disease or Periodontal disease.
  • The tooth has been fractured severely.
  • Teeth that are badly positioned including wisdom teeth.
  • Non-functional teeth that are better off replaced with a bridge, denture, or dental implant.

There are two different types of extractions, either non-surgical or surgical. A non surgical extraction can quickly become a surgical one. Either procedure is done only after making the extraction site is profoundly numb.

Non-Surgical Extraction:

A non-surgical extraction is also known as a simple extraction. This means that Dr. Whipple is able to yank the tooth right out of the socket.

Surgical Extraction:

A surgical extraction means that a portion of the tooth is below the gum line and Dr. Whipple now needs to make a cut to get to that portion.

Tooth Extraction Post-Operative Instructions

Following tooth extraction you may experience:

  • Bleeding: Bleeding should stop within 12 hours following the extraction. If significant bleeding is still occurring past this time please call our office immediately.
  • Discharge: Oozing of pink fluid for 1-2 days is normal.
  • Pain: Following your the tooth extraction, we recommend a mild analgesic like Tylenol, Aleve or Advil. If your pain lasts more than 2-3 days after your extraction please call our office.
  • Sensitivity: Do not disturb the extraction site. Eat a soft diet for 24 hours. Do not vigorously rinse with any type of liquid for the first 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours: Rinse with warm salt water for 1 minute a couple of times daily for 3-4 days. Salt water will reduce the bacteria in your mouth and will promote healing.

Please contact our Tigard, OR office for more information on tooth extractions.