A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. Dental extractions in Hillsboro, OR, are performed for a wide variety of reasons. Some teeth are too severely decayed to fix with a filling, crown, or other restoration. Other teeth may not have enough structure remaining above the gum line to support a filling or other type of restoration. Sometimes wisdom teeth become impacted and need to be surgically removed.
No matter the reason that you need an extraction, your dentist will numb your mouth with local anesthesia so you do not feel pain during the procedure. The dentist may also offer sedation to help alleviate your anxiety about having a dental procedure done. Either way, you should feel little to no discomfort during your dental extractions in Hillsboro, OR. Your dentist will also provide you with aftercare instructions to make sure you are as comfortable as possible after your procedure.
After a tooth is extracted, you will likely have swelling and discomfort for the first two or three days after treatment. To help with healing and prevent infection, we may prescribe antibiotics. To manage the pain and swelling, we may also give you a medication to take orally or to place directly near the tooth socket.
A follow-up appointment is usually scheduled approximately one week after the procedure to check on the healing progress and to remove any stitches that may have been left in the first procedure. At this visit, we can also discuss options for replacing the missing tooth, such as a dental implant, bridge, or partial denture to help restore your smile.
If you have questions about dental extractions in Hillsboro, OR, and your oral health, contact your dentist today to learn more.
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