Posts for tag: tooth extraction

By Dow Dental
May 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extraction  

Preserving and protecting your natural teeth is always the first priority, but there are times when a decayed or damaged tooth is beyond tooth repair and a dental extraction becomes necessary to prevent further damage and protect your oral health. Dr. Coleman Dow and Dr. Douglas Dow, the dentists at Dow Dental offer preventive and restorative dental care in Springfield, OR.

Dental Extractions in Springfield, OR

The best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums well into old age is to practice prevention, which includes good oral hygiene habits, eating a healthy diet, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, and going to the dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning. But even with the best care, decay can still occur.

When a Tooth Needs to Be Extracted

Extractions are usually a last resort, reserved for situations where a tooth is too damaged or decayed to be restored with a filling or dental crown. There are two types of extractions: a simple extraction, where the tooth is removed with forceps without an incision, and a surgical extraction which requires and incision and stitches. Wisdom teeth, which tend to be impacted (trapped under the gumline without enough room to erupt properly) or crowded are commonly extracted. When a tooth is impacted, it typically requires a surgical extraction.

Other reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted include:

  • To alleviate crowding before orthodontic treatment
  • Impacted or damaged wisdom teeth
  • Irreparable damage caused by tooth decay, trauma, or gum disease

Find a Dentist in Springfield, OR

To learn more about dental extractions and for more information about how to protect your teeth from decay and gum disease, contact our office today by calling (541) 726-9644 to schedule an appointment with Drs. Carmen and Douglas Dow.

By Dow Dental
February 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extraction  

Need that tooth pulled? A dental extraction, or tooth extraction, is the removal of a tooth from the socket in the bone. There are a number tooth extractionof reasons why dental extractions may be needed. Dr. Coleman Dow and Dr. Douglas Dow at Dow Dental in Springfield, OR, offer a complete range of dental services. Here are four reasons why you may need a tooth extracted.

1. Damaged Tooth

If your tooth has been damaged by tooth decay or broken, your Springfield dentist will try to repair it with a dental restoration. Some teeth have such extensive tooth decay and damage that repair is not possible. A dental extraction may be necessary if your tooth is so damaged that it can't be restored with a dental restoration. 

2. Crowded Teeth

Crowded teeth are a common problem in children and adults. Crowded teeth cause wear and tear, periodontal disease, lost teeth, and jaw joint damage. The goal of orthodontic treatment is to correct the alignment of the teeth, which may not be possible if you have crowded teeth. Sometimes orthodontists extract healthy, permanent teeth to make space for improved teeth alignment. 

3. Tooth Impaction

Tooth impaction usually occurs because of crowding or lack of space in the bone. The third molars, also called wisdom teeth, are the last to erupt and are more likely to be impacted. Impacted teeth may lead to dental problems such as infection, pain, or misalignment of other teeth. Removal of impacted teeth is often recommended. 

4. Tooth Root Infection

Tooth root infection is a common reason for a tooth extraction. A root canal is a procedure that is used to repair teeth that are infected. However, if the infection is so severe that root canal treatment doesn't cure it, your tooth may need to be removed to prevent the infection from spreading.

If you need a tooth extraction, why wait? We can help you today! Call Dow Dental at 541-726-9644 today to schedule an appointment in Springfield, OR. A tooth extraction is nothing to fear. Our dentists perform tooth extractions with a gentle touch!