Tooth Extraction

There are many advancements in dentistry that have made it possible for patients to keep their teeth for as long as possible—a lifetime in some cases. Tooth extraction is not a procedure we recommend lightly, but sometimes a tooth becomes damaged beyond repair and must be removed.

If you require tooth extraction at PNW Dental, rest assured that we understand the feelings that losing a tooth involves. Dr. Susie Watkins and Dr. Tyler Peterschmidt are kind and caring dentists who empathize with your feelings. Their goal is to provide expert treatment and help you look forward to tooth replacement and feel good about your smile again.

Common Reasons for Tooth Extraction

There are several reasons why our dentists would recommend tooth extraction for our Eugene, OR patients. 

  • Tooth decay has advanced beyond what a filling or crown can save.
  • A dental abscess or infection is too advanced to be saved with a root canal.
  • Advanced gum disease has loosened teeth, and we need to remove them.
  • Problematic wisdom teeth need to be removed to protect your oral health.
  • You are getting dental implants or dentures, and we need to remove some teeth for the best results.

Before we move forward with your procedure, Dr. Susie and Dr. Tyler will use digital x-rays and our intraoral camera to help you visualize the problem. Understanding why a procedure is necessary and feeling informed can go a long way toward soothing any anxiety you feel.

Expert Dentistry with Your Comfort in Mind

We know that a tooth extraction can be intimidating to think about, and we will do everything we can to make the process as efficient and comfortable as possible. 

Using powerful local anesthetics to numb the tooth means you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. If you would like to ensure that you stay relaxed and comfortable, we are pleased to offer nitrous oxide, also referred to as laughing gas.

Self-Care for Tooth Extraction Recovery

When we complete your procedure, we will provide instructions for caring for yourself and the extraction site when you get home. We recommend that you take the rest of the day off to give your body a chance to rest and recover. 

Bite down on the gauze pad we’ve placed on the site for about an hour, then switch to a clean one. Keeping pressure on the extraction site helps control bleeding and gives the healing clot a chance to form.

For the first few days, stick to a diet of soft foods like soup and yogurt. You can carefully brush your teeth but avoid the extraction site. Take OTC pain medications to relieve any soreness and avoid using a straw or smoking. Both can interrupt the forming of a healing clot and lead to a painful condition called dry socket.

As with any procedure at our dental office, please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns.

Gentle, Stress-Free Tooth Extraction

If you need a tooth extraction, trust experienced dentists in Eugene, OR who make your comfort a priority. Please call us so we can help you get the expert care you need.