We perform tooth extractions and other dental surgeries at our modern, comfortable dental office in Park Ridge, IL.
About dental surgery & extractions
Extractions are done when a tooth has an unfavorable prognosis, is causing pain, or is causing problems to your overall oral health. This is a procedure that is commonly carried out by dentists, Oral Surgeons, or Periodontists.
As you get older, there are various incidents that can lead you to consider having an extraction. These include:
- Teeth that have become loose as a result of gum disease. Extraction may be necessary if with a bone graft, the tooth still cannot be saved.
- A tooth that is very damaged, including one that has cracked or started to rot.
- Having a few extra teeth which in turn affect the growth of other teeth.
- Getting fitted for braces may require tooth extraction so that there is room for the teeth which are being moved.
- Wisdom teeth which are impacted or erupted, but causing pain. When impacted, you may experience significant pain, swelling of the gum and inflammation.
- Removing a tooth from its socket in the bone is referred to as tooth extraction. Extractions are permanent solutions to serious tooth issues, as once the tooth is out, it cannot be returned into the gums. There are 2 main types of extraction.
When you have a simple extraction, your dentist will remove your tooth in one single piece, meaning that the entire tooth including both the crown and the roots is taken out. Great care is taken, so that the patient is comfortable during this procedure.
Some teeth are harder to remove for various reasons and require surgical intervention. Some of these reasons include an impacted tooth (this happens with wisdom teeth), or a tooth that has yet to come into the mouth properly. This type of extraction may be referred out to a specialist.
Preparing for Extraction
To firmly determine whether an extraction is necessary, your dentist will begin by taking a x-ray just like during your general routine dental visits. The x-ray will allow the dentist to see your teeth and any problems the teeth may have. Once the x-ray is examined, and surgery is recommended you may be given an antibiotic before the surgery. However, this only occurs in special instances.
The Procedure for an Extraction
In most instances, an extraction is a relatively simple procedure. To begin with, the dentist or the dental surgeon will give you a local anesthetic close to the area where the extraction is to occur. This will help to make the area numb. In some cases, general anesthetic may be used if the procedure is lengthy, or if the patient is a little uneasy. The patient may feel pressure, if pain is felt inform your doctor.
Once it is out, you may experience some bleeding. Usually, you will be asked to bite down gently on a cotton gauze pad which is positioned over the wound. In a short time, this will help to curb further bleeding. Bleeding/Oozing is normal for about 24 hrs. If bleeding is uncontrollable, call your dentist. If they are not available contact your local Emergency room or 911. Follow all post-op instructions given to you by the office to ensure a quick and safe healing period.