Tooth Extractions

Christine S. Liu DMD & Lilian Liu, DMD

Dentists located in Portland, OR & Beaverton, OR

Occasionally an extraction is required to prevent further oral health complications. For quick and professional tooth extractions, visit the practice of Christine Liu, DMD, and Lilian Liu, DMD. With two locations, Jantzen Beach Dental in Portland, Oregon, and El Monica Dental in Beaverton, Oregon, there's no better place to go when you need to have a tooth pulled. Schedule a consultation by calling the office of Christine S. Liu DMD, PC, today.

Tooth Extractions Q & A

Why are extractions sometimes necessary?

Permanent teeth are built to last a lifetime, but for many reasons, some teeth might not. For example, you could need a tooth extracted because it's too cracked or chipped to repair. Illness, decay, and trauma may all contribute to the need for having a tooth pulled.

Other reasons for extractions include:

  • Risk of infection from an unsuccessful root canal
  • Risk of infection during an organ transplant or chemotherapy
  • Severe periodontal (gum) disease
  • Extra or crowded teeth
  • No room for third molars (wisdom teeth)

If you think you may need a tooth extraction, contact the team at Christine S. Liu DMD, PC.

What should I expect from an extraction procedure?

There are two types of extraction procedures: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. Simple extractions are reserved for teeth that can be seen above the gum line. 

During this procedure, a highly accomplished dentist at Christine S. Liu DMD, PC, will first loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. They will then use forceps to remove the tooth.

A surgical extraction can be more invasive. The tooth may not have fully grown into the mouth, as is typical with wisdom teeth, or it may be broken off at the gum line. 

In these cases, the dentist makes a small incision in your gum to remove the tooth. The affected tooth may need to be sectioned (cut into parts) so it can be more easily removed. Some bone may also need to be removed from around the tooth.

In both a simple extraction and surgical extraction, your dentist gives you a local anesthetic, so you don’t feel any pain. 

If multiple teeth are extracted at the same time, as is the norm with wisdom teeth removal, your dentist may give you a general anesthetic. You'll sleep and be pain-free throughout the whole procedure.

How long does it take to heal from a tooth extraction?

It depends on your individual situation and how many teeth you had extracted, but the initial healing period typically takes one to two weeks. New bone and gum tissue will slowly replace the areas where your teeth were removed. 

You may encounter difficulty chewing or general aches and pains on your way to recovery, based on the invasiveness of your dental procedure.

Every patient is different, so you should reach out to Christine S. Liu DMD, PC, to schedule a consultation to explore your options and any necessary follow-up procedures like crowns or dental implants.

To learn more and find out if an extraction is right for you, call Christine S. Liu DMD, PC, today.