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Tooth Extractions


There are a lot of different reasons that one may need a tooth extracted, but thankfully, Dr. Aldridge of Oasis Dental is here to help you with any of them. We have years of experience, giving us a great level of expertise that allows us to handle a wide variety of situations. You are in safe hands and have nothing to worry about when it comes to your upcoming procedure.

Why do I Need a Tooth Extracted?


ExtractionsThere are a lot of different reasons that an individual may require their tooth to be pulled, or extracted. Arguably the most commonly known reason for tooth extractions is wisdom teeth. This is generally due to the pressure they exert on the rest of your teeth, increased risk of decay and breakage, or they’ve become impacted. However, there are times that other teeth may require extraction as well. For example, any tooth can become impacted, and it is not particularly uncommon for baby teeth to impact rather than properly erupt. This inhibits your adult teeth from erupting properly, which causes more dental and orthodontic problems down the line.

Teeth can also become problematic if they become severely decayed. It can cause you an extraordinary amount of pain and can lead to more widespread decay than the single tooth. Decayed teeth are also more vulnerable to cracks or more severe damage. Tooth extractions can also be important for orthodontic procedures. If you have crowded teeth and need braces, for example, sometimes a tooth or two must be removed to make room for the shifting teeth. These are just some of the many different potential issues you may face. Fortunately, this is a pretty commonly performed procedure, and you are in good hands.

The Process


Getting teeth removed can be a particularly nerve-wracking time, and many of our patients find themselves very apprehensive as they walk in. There is no need to fear! The process is pretty straightforward. The first thing that we are going to do is numb the entire area, including the tooth, gums, and jaw beneath. We can use a local anesthetic or a deeper sedative anesthesia if you prefer. Then, we will use a rocking motion to gently loosen the tooth from the jaw and the supporting ligaments. If the tooth is impacted or broken, it may require incisions in the gums to ensure that all possible pieces have been removed.

You may feel a general pressure in the area, but no pain. If there is any, we can always provide more numbing agents to the site. When you are done, we will stitch you up (if required), apply gauze to the site, and provide your aftercare instructions. You will be set to go!

Dr. Aldridge is an experienced professional and will make sure not only that your procedure goes well, but that you are comfortable throughout. Oasis Dental has your needs in mind as we walk you through the process with the utmost care and respect.
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Matthew Aldridge, DMD
Oasis Dental
16500 SE 15th St, Suite 180
Vancouver, WA 98683 MAP

(360) 836-1100

Office Hours:
Monday: 8am–5:30pm
Tuesday: 8am–8pm
Wednesday: 7am–8pm
Thursday: 7am–3pm
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