Tooth extractions have been an important part of dental care for centuries. Today, a tooth may need to be extracted due to decay, infection, or damage caused by trauma. Whatever the cause of the extraction, it is a safe and relatively straightforward surgical procedure that can help restore your oral health and prevent further problems.
We understand that having a tooth removed can be a stressful experience. At Oral Facial and Implant Specialists, we prioritize patient comfort and care. If you are searching for tooth extraction in the Deer Park or surrounding area, we are here for you. Call us at (847) 381-0106 or complete the online booking form for a free consultation.
Why a Tooth Needs To Be Removed
There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be removed. Here are some of the most common:
Bacteria accumulating on your teeth can cause decay or lead to periodontal disease (gum disease). If the decay (cavity) is not treated early, it will worsen and require extraction. A decayed tooth can lead to an infection that spreads to tissues in your mouth and, in extreme cases, your bloodstream.
An infection in your tooth can cause a pocket of pus called an abscess. An abscess is usually the result of bacteria that has entered the root of the tooth and now is starting to spread into the adjacent bone leading to inflammation and pain. Extraction of an infected tooth is necessary to prevent further damage and the spread of infection throughout the mouth or body.
Trauma from an accident or injury can cause the tooth to be cracked or chipped. The fracture may reach down into the root and damage the surrounding bone, making it impossible for the tooth to heal. In this case, extraction is necessary to prevent further damage.
When undergoing orthodontic treatment, overcrowding can be an issue. Removing some of the teeth can create more space and make it easier to move the teeth into alignment.
The Benefits of Tooth Removal
Removing a damaged or decayed tooth can help restore your mouth’s health. It also helps to reduce pain and discomfort and makes it easier to participate in daily activities such as eating, talking, and smiling. A simple extraction can improve facial aesthetics by removing space-occupying teeth that cause misalignment or overcrowding.
You will have a consultation with your dentist or oral surgeon before having your tooth extracted. Inform your surgeon about any medications or supplements you are taking and any pre-existing conditions. Your surgeon may suggest certain measures to help minimize pain during and after the extraction. It’s important to be informed, so at your consultation, ask as many questions as you need to feel prepared.
When the time comes for your extraction, your dentist or oral surgeon will begin by numbing the area with a local anesthetic. Other forms of sedation may be used depending on the complexity of the procedure.
Once you are comfortable, the surgeon will use special dental instruments (elevators and dental forceps) to loosen and remove the tooth from its socket. After removing the tooth, the area will be cleaned, and a few sutures may be applied.
If the tooth is impacted or unable to erupt, a small incision may be made in the gum tissue to access it. Sometimes, the dentist may need to remove the tooth in sections.
Following a tooth extraction, good oral hygiene is essential to prevent infection. The following measures can help speed up the healing process:
- Bite on a sterile gauze pad for up to 30 minutes to stop the bleeding. It is also best to slightly moisten the gauze before placement, otherwise the blood clot will adhere to the gauze when you pull it out.
- If excessive bleeding (blood has saturated the entire gauze pad within a matter of seconds) persists after several hours, moisten a tea bag and bite on the tea bag for 30-45 mins. If excessive bleeding continues, call the office immediately.
- Avoid hard, crunchy, and spicy foods that could irritate the extraction site. Eat soft foods like yogurt, soups, smoothies, and mashed potatoes.
- DO NOT smoke for a week before or a week after the extraction.
- Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water to reduce swelling and help keep the area clean.
- Pain and discomfort are normal following an extraction. Your surgeon might suggest an over-the-counter pain medicine or even give you a prescription.
- Apply an ice pack to the outside of the face to reduce swelling. Apply the cold compress or ice pack for 15 minutes and then remove it for 15 minutes.
- Avoid strenuous activity for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
- Do not drink through a straw, as this can cause a dry socket. A dry socket is an infection that can occur if the blood clot from the extraction site becomes dislodged.
Most people start to feel better a couple of days after the procedure; (the 3rd day post-operatively being the worst) however, if there is severe pain, lasting bleeding, or fever, contact your surgeon right away.
Risks of Tooth Extraction
Tooth extractions are generally safe and effective procedures. However, there are some risks and potential complications to consider. These include:
- Pain and discomfort
- Damage to surrounding teeth or tissues
- Dry socket – when the blood clot from the extraction site becomes dislodged.
Following your surgeon’s instructions and maintaining good oral hygiene can minimize the risks associated with a tooth extraction.
- Why tooth removal may be necessary:
- Tooth decay
- Infection (abscess)
- Before extraction:
- Consult with the dentist or oral surgeon, discuss current medications and medical history.
- Extraction procedure:
- Local anesthetic and/or anesthesia
- Tooth is removed
- Sutures are placed if needed
- After extraction:
- Good oral hygiene
- Bite on a sterile gauze pad for 30 minutes to reduce bleeding
- Rinse with warm salt water
- Apply a cold compress or ice pack, 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off
- Take over-the-counter pain medication
- DO NOT smoke
- DO NOT drink with a straw
Your Oral Surgeons in Deer Park
Tooth removal may seem daunting, but it is sometimes necessary to prevent future problems. With the right preparation and care, it is a safe and effective solution to dental trauma and pain. At our dental office in Deer Park, we offer tooth extraction services and many other surgical treatments.
If you are searching for tooth extraction in the Deer Park or surrounding area, we are here for you. Call us at (847) 381-0106 or complete the online booking form for a free consultation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
You should plan on taking 1-3 days off from normal activities for recovery. The extraction site should start to heal within a week, and it typically takes about 2-4 weeks for the extraction site and soft tissues to heal completely.
Good oral hygiene and following your oral surgeon’s advice are the best ways to help your extraction site heal faster. Taking prescribed pain medication and resting for a few days after the extraction will also help.
Yes, you can drink water after tooth extraction; however, you should not drink with a straw for the first few days.
Having a tooth extracted can be intimidating; however, your oral surgeon will make the process as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Take deep breaths and try to relax during the procedure. You may also ask your surgeon for sedation options if available.
Most dental insurance plans cover tooth extractions up to a certain percentage of the total cost. It is best to check with your insurance provider for exact coverage details.