With today’s modern restorative dentistry, many times a tooth extraction can be avoided. Most dentists will tell you that saving a natural tooth is always their preference.
But there are some situations where it makes the most sense to extract a tooth. If you find yourself in that situation, you can trust Dr. Dan Stambaugh to have the experience and gentle touch to ensure that the procedure is as comfortable as possible. He will also provide guidelines on what you can do to help with the healing process afterward, as well as discuss the possibilities for the optimal tooth replacement option for your situation.
Contact our Springfield, OR dental office if you have a troublesome tooth for which extraction is the best option.
Reasons You Might Need an Extraction
Although Dr. Stambaugh will refer most wisdom teeth extractions to a trusted oral surgeon colleague, he will perform others, including:
- A tooth that is irreparably damaged because of severe tooth decay and extraction is necessary to protect the health of the other teeth.
- Advanced periodontal disease can cause one or more teeth to become loose, and Dr. Stambaugh might recommend extraction.
- A patient has suffered a trauma, such as an automobile accident, and one or more tooth has become damaged. If preservation of the tooth with a dental crown isn’t an option, extraction might be the best solution.
The Extraction Process
Dr. Stambaugh performs most extraction under local anesthetic, so he will numb the area before the procedure begins. In most cases, stitches are not necessary after this type of extraction. Dr. Stambaugh will determine the best way to take care of his patient, which may be to utilize his oral surgeon team. They offer IV sedation or simply a better way to keep a patient comfortable in those above and beyond situations. Dr. Stambaugh always does what’s in the best interest of the patient.
Recovery After Tooth Extraction
It’s crucial to follow Dr. Stambaugh's instructions to promote maximum recovery after extraction.
- Avoid chewing on the site for a few days after the procedure. Introduce soft foods into the diet, gradually adding more of your normal foods as the healing progresses.
- If you are a smoker, don’t smoke in the days following extraction. The sucking motion can dislodge the clot at the extraction site resulting in a painful condition known as “dry socket.” Avoid using a straw for the same reason.
- Even if it feels tempting, don’t poke the extraction site with your tongue immediately after extraction as this can provoke bleeding.
- Take only those pain relievers your dentist has recommended.
Tooth Replacement Options After Extraction
Even if you have had a back molar taken out that might not be noticeable when you speak or smile, it’s important to replace missing teeth. When a tooth is missing, the remaining teeth in your mouth tend to shift to fill in the space left behind. This can cause problems with your bite, unduly wearing down your remaining teeth. It can ultimately lead to the loss of more teeth.
Talk to Dr. Stambaugh about how dental bridges and dental implants can protect your oral health and restore your smile.
Call Stambaugh Family Dental for Gentle Extractions
If pulling a tooth is necessary, you can trust Dr. Stambaugh's experience and compassionate care. Call our Springfield and Eugene area dental office today.