Joseph Dastrup, DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Dastrup Dental

Joseph Dastrup, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in Davidson, NC

At Dastrup Dental in Davidson, North Carolina, Joseph Dastrup, DDS, aims to preserve as many of your natural teeth as possible. There are some instances, though, where a tooth is simply beyond saving. For those situations, Dr. Dastrup offers safe and effective extractions to remove the problem tooth and preserve the health of the rest of your smile. If you have a tooth that might need extracting, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or using the easy online booking tool.

Extractions Q & A

When do I need a tooth extraction?

Dr. Dastrup never recommends an extraction unless it’s absolutely necessary or he thinks that you can benefit from the results. Some instances that might require extracting one or more of your teeth are:

Impossible restoration

While many teeth that are suffering from excessive tooth decay, considerable bone loss, or severe infection can be restored with a dental crown or a root canal, there are some instances where a tooth is simply beyond saving. This is also true for teeth that are badly cracked. In these cases, extraction prevents further damage.


Some people’s mouths are not big enough for their teeth, which can lead to a number of difficulties in maintaining good oral hygiene. Extractions are also occasionally necessary for patients getting braces, who might need to remove some teeth in order to make room for the rest to properly align.

Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth frequently grow into your mouth impacted, leaving them unable to erupt through your gums due to a lack of space. Impacted wisdom teeth are commonly extracted because leaving them in can be painful and can cause changes in your bite.

What happens after a tooth extraction?

Dr. Dastrup has safely performed thousands of effective extractions at Dastrup Dental without needing to refer patients to a specialist. You might experience some swelling or discomfort following the procedure, but the pain is typically manageable with over-the-counter medications.

While you heal, avoid any sort of sucking motions, such as drinking from a straw or smoking cigarettes. The increased pressure in the mouth can eject the blood clots and healing tissues in the surgery site, which can lead to a painful condition known as a dry socket.

It’s also wise to avoid chewing near the extraction site in order to minimize the amount of debris exposed to the area. Frequently rinse with warm water to make sure the area remains clean.

You should be fully healed after a week or so, at which point you can begin discussing tooth replacement options with Dr. Dastrup, such as:

  • Dental implants
  • Dental bridges
  • Dentures
  • Partial dentures
  • Implant-retained dentures

Any number of these tooth replacement solutions can effectively restore your missing teeth and get you back to smiling, eating, and talking with ease.

If you’d like to be evaluated for a tooth extraction, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dastrup today by calling his offices or using the convenient online booking tool.