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Tooth Extraction

Envision A Smile

General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry located in St. Charles, IL

Rick Brar, DMD, and Keith Bram, DDS, of Envision a Smile in St. Charles, Illinois, are in the business of saving teeth. However, there are times when tooth extraction is necessary, and having a dental team you can trust makes the experience much easier. If you find yourself in need of a tooth extraction, call or use the easy online scheduling option to set up a visit.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

When is tooth extraction necessary?

Your permanent teeth can last a lifetime, but there are a number of reasons why you might need to have one or more teeth pulled. Some of the more common reasons for a tooth extraction include:

  • Crowding that prevents or complicates orthodontia
  • Trauma that can’t be repaired
  • Advanced decay that is beyond repair
  • Infection
  • Risk of infection in someone with a compromised immune system
  • Severe gum disease that weakens the connection between tooth and bone
  • Impacted wisdom teeth

Even if you think a tooth needs to be pulled you should come in and have the Envision a Smile team take a look at it. Today’s restoration treatments, like root canals, can often save teeth that would have needed an extraction in years past.

What happens during tooth extraction?

Once you are comfortably seated, you receive a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area and sedation if necessary. If your tooth is impacted, your Envision a Smile dentist may need to remove any gum or bone tissue blocking the tooth.

Your dentist then grasps the tooth with forceps and begins to gently move it back and forth in a rocking motion. That loosens the tooth and allows your dentist to remove it. In some cases, removing the tooth in pieces is needed.

Sometimes, a few stitches are needed to close your gum tissue, but the empty socket can usually heal properly without closure.

What can I do to speed healing after a tooth extraction?

Your Envision a Smile dentist packs a piece of gauze over your tooth socket to slow any bleeding. You’ll need to gently bite down on the gauze to keep it in place.

Once you’re home, be sure to follow the advice of Envision a Smile regarding pain medication. Try to take it easy for the next day to give your body a chance to heal. Avoid forceful spitting or aggressive mouth rinsing for the first 24 hours.

It’s also important to avoid smoking, drinking through a straw, or anything that creates suction within your mouth. Suction can dislodge the blood clot that forms at the top of your socket to speed healing. If this occurs, you’ll need to return to Envision a Smile for follow-up care.

Once healing is complete, you can begin to explore options for replacing an extracted tooth. Dental implants offer a permanent solution, while dentures can be a great fit for multiple missing teeth, too. You may also consider a dental bridge to fill in the gap left from a missing tooth.

If you’re ready to move forward with tooth extraction, schedule a visit at Envision a Smile today. You can book an appointment online or over the phone at your convenience.