Whenever possible, we try to do everything in our power to save teeth, knowing how important they are in maintaining both oral and overall health. But, at times, tooth extraction may be unavoidable.
At PDX Smile Design, we recommend tooth extraction only as the last option and do not consider tooth extraction a complete standalone dental procedure. In most cases, additional actions and procedures are necessary to restore the function and appearance of your smile affected by the extracted tooth.
Some teeth might require extraction for other reasons, such as allowing enough space for other teeth to come in or to be moved into the right places. In this case, they will be replaced by other natural teeth rather than implants, crowns and bridges.
If a missing tooth is not replaced in the appropriate amount of time, it can lead to a cascade of dental problems that might be difficult (and expensive) to correct: the bone that supported the extracted tooth will recede, the adjoining teeth will, in time, move towards the space the extracted tooth used to occupy and the opposing tooth will also try to fill that space by continuously erupting.
Missing teeth can also lead to a misbalance in your occlusion (or bite) by overloading the remaining teeth, which might cause a number of problems affecting the entire body. For example, not having enough teeth can lead to headaches and bone loss. Not having enough teeth to chew food properly can also lead to poor nutrition and digestion.
Therefore, it is highly important to adhere to the treatment plan designed by your dentist that will include options for replacing teeth.
Another common reason for tooth extractions are problematic wisdom teeth, also called third molars.
At PDX Smile Design, our dentists are highly experienced in performing both simple and surgical extractions. They will start with a thorough dental exam and will provide a detailed explanation of the extraction procedure, options for replacing an extracted tooth and will give you all the necessary home care instructions.
Dr. Olga Dontsova and Dr. Victor Klevnoy are committed to reducing any stress you might feel about tooth extraction by minimizing any discomfort through the use of proven, effective anesthesia (numbing) and sedation methods. Their gentle, caring approach will put you at ease. In fact, many patients tell us that the anticipation of the tooth extraction was more stressful than the procedure itself.
If you are experiencing any pain, have a broken, abscessed or decayed tooth, please call us at
+1 503-788-0405 to schedule an appointment with one our dentists who will evaluate if you need an extraction.