Located in the Historic Hollywood Neighborhood: 4433 NE Tillamook St., Portland, OR 97213
OFFICE HOURS: Mon 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM • Tues 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM • Wed Closed • Thurs 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
• Fri 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM • Sat Closed • Sun Closed.

Tooth Extractions


Illustration of clean, extracted molar tooth.The process of extracting, pulling, or removing a tooth is often completed when a tooth has been damaged to the point where it is beyond repair. This procedure is completed to remove the tooth from its socket. Our dental office is extremely selective about the extractions that we perform, and if we feel that a tooth is something that we cannot remove, we will refer you to an experienced oral surgeon.

Reasons to Pull the Teeth


Your permanent teeth were designed to last for your entire life, but there are several reasons in which you may need to undergo a tooth extraction:
•  Teeth are permanently damaged due to severe decay
•  Teeth have been fractured so severely that they cannot be repaired
•  Bone and gum disease have made it necessary to remove the teeth
•  The teeth are poorly positioned, such as when wisdom teeth become impacted

What You Can Expect


A general dentist or an oral surgeon can perform a tooth extraction, and in our office, we work to make you as comfortable as possible for the procedure. Before your tooth is pulled, we will provide you with an injection of a local anesthetic so that the area where the tooth will be extracted is completely numb. If you need to have multiple teeth pulled, a strong general anesthetic may be required to prevent pain, and you will sleep throughout the procedure.

If your tooth is impacted, the process of pulling a tooth will be more complicated. Your dentist will cut the bone tissue and gum from around the tooth away, and then, the tooth will be grasped with forceps. Your dentist will gently rock the tooth back and forth so that it loosens from the ligaments and jaw bone that keep it in place. Extremely stubborn teeth might need to be extracted in pieces.

Post-Extraction Care Tips


Once your tooth has been extracted, you may experience several symptoms that require proper care.
•  Pain. It is common to experience moderate or even severe pain after an extraction, but a mild analgesic like Advil, Tylenol, or Aleve can be used to manage this pain or discomfort. If you experience severe pain lasting more than a few days, please give our office a call.
•  Bleeding and oozing. Bleeding may last for up to 12 hours after your extraction. If you experience bleeding longer than that, please contact our office. Oozing of a pink-colored fluid is normal up to two days after the extraction.
•  Care. Use a warm salt water solution to rinse out your mouth several times over a 3-4 day period. This will reduce the bacteria count in your mouth, which can lead to a faster healing process.
•  Healing. The healing process should be simple after an extraction, but you should make an attempt to not disturb the site. Consume a soft diet for the first day after your extraction, and avoid rinsing out your mouth vigorously over the same time frame.

If you have further questions, please give us a call.
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Dr. Brett Daby
4433 NE Tillamook Street
Portland, OR 97213
PHONE: (503) 345-9693

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