Extractions and Preservation

Our goal at All About Smiles Family Dentistry is to help you maintain your teeth for a lifetime. But sometimes teeth need to be removed to support the health and function of the entire mouth. Wisdom teeth, extra teeth, or very crowded teeth may require a treatment plan that includes removal. In some cases, severely decayed or damaged teeth leave extraction as the only viable option.
No matter your dental needs, your comfort is always our top priority. We will work together to determine the best way for you to receive the treatment you need based on your unique situation. It’s not uncommon to dread even minor surgical procedures, but today’s methods provide the safest, least invasive care possible.
At All About Smiles Family Dentistry in McMinnville, Oregon, you’ll discover dental care at its highest level; technology, advanced training, and compassionate service blended seamlessly together.
Extractions:

Extractions:

Though we strive to avoid it, sometimes teeth need to be removed. Regardless of the situation, we will plan your minor surgical procedure in a way that considers your short and long-term concerns. From managing anxiety to planning for tooth replacement, our team will carefully plan every aspect of your case.
Sometimes removing teeth is the best option for protecting your health. After discussing all other possibilities, we’ll take every step to help guide you through your extraction. Your well-being is always of upmost important in any treatment decision. Some patients prefer sedation while experiencing oral surgery, and we can review these options with you. You can trust we will take every measure to make sure even minor surgical procedures are as comfortable as possible.

Some teeth are more difficult to extract than others, but the All About Smiles Family Dentistry team takes pride in helping every patient find comfort with modern anesthetics before each procedure. One you are comfortable; Dr. Frances Golly will use specialized instruments to elevate the tooth out of place. Following the procedure, you will receive customized post-op care instructions to help ensure proper healing, along with prescriptions for any needed medications.

While our foremost concern is always the short-term management of your care, we will also work together to discuss long-term plans for replacing missing teeth following an extraction. Leaving a space is always an option, but gaps in your smile can lead to appearance and function challenges. Teeth slowly shift or migrate into open spaces, so minimizing the effects of an unbalanced bite is important in preventing issues later in life.

Although our primary goal is to help your teeth stay healthy and functional, an extraction is sometimes the best way to preserve the overall health of your mouth. Since teeth help us nourish our bodies and support our confidence, our team will assist you with finding a game plan that fits your short and long-term goals.
Oral surgery:

Oral surgery:

Minor surgical procedures are sometimes required to treat dental issues. Defects in the bone or supporting gum tissue may benefit from repair with simple, yet precise surgical techniques.
Minor surgical procedures involving the teeth, gums, and jaw may be required to preserve or enhance long-term health. While our philosophy rests on maintaining teeth, each situation is unique. So if we mutually decide on a treatment plan that invovles surgical correction, Dr. Frances Golly will take every step necessary to ensure your comfort and safety.

A damaged tooth may require extraction if it’s beyond repair. We also understand patients sometimes choose to remove a tooth due to financial limitations. We’ll always work hard to help you find the solution that fits every aspect of your situation. Dr. Frances Golly uses the best methods and equipment to provide a quick and painless visit. Sedation options also offer a range of anxiety-reduction methods for you to consider.

Biopsies of abnormal tissue, reshaping of gum defects, or removal of obtrusive bone are situations that may also involve surgical correction.

Dr. Frances Golly will determine with you the best way for you to receive care. Sometimes, Dr. Frances Golly recommends referral to a trusted specialist. Any time she feels you’ll be served best by a colleague trained in a particular treatment; she won’t hesitate to use the best resources for your care.
Root canals:

Root canals:

Root canals are often associated with pain and anxiety, but modern dentistry makes this procedure surprisingly quick and simple. Infected teeth at risk for removal can be disinfected and filled with a sealer, providing a safe solution for problematic situations.
Toothaches serve as a vivid reminder that teeth aren’t just pieces of hard tissue floating around in the gums. They are intricately formed sensory organs with layers of dentin and enamel overlaying a living pulp. Inside the tooth’s pulp is a vital bundle of nerves and blood vessels providing nutrients and sensation to each tooth. If the pulp stays healthy, you’re rarely aware of the systems at work.

Tooth pain can be especially alarming, but it’s your body’s way of warning you that something’s not right. Pain tells us that the bundle of nerves and vessels inside your tooth is irritated, damaged, or under attack.

A deep cavity can give bacteria access to the inner nerve bundle. In some cases, a significant infection, called an abscess, may develop in your jaw, sometimes with no symptoms. If Dr. Frances Golly determines that the nerve won’t recover or if an infection is present, then root canal therapy may be suggested.

The use of modern anesthetics provides powerful numbing for gentle removal of inflamed nerves within the tooth. The nerve canal is disinfected and carefully shaped before a sealer is used to fill the internal space. A filling or crown complete the procedure and returns the tooth to its original function.

Are Root Canals Safe?
Despite years of research on their safety, root canals continue to be the subject of countless internet articles claiming adverse health effects. Many of these claims rest on false theories from decades ago and lack any scientific evidence. One Facebook article sounding a false alarm about root canals rested on a study from a hundred years ago that has long been disproven!

The American Association of Endodontists stays abreast of all the current and past research and can support the safety of this vital service. In fact, new techniques and materials make root canal treatments safer and more successful than ever.