Extractions are the removal of the teeth from the supporting socket in the jawbone. This procedure is also called exodontia. Extractions can be necessary for a large variety of reasons, but the most frequent reasons are to take out or remove teeth that are incurable as a result of advanced tooth decay, periodontal disease, or dental trauma. Often extraction is appropriate in dental traumas when they are a source of tooth pain. Occasionally, when teeth are in contact with wisdom teeth and unable to emerge or grow naturally into the mouth, an infection of the gum, called pericoronitis, can occur. If conservative treatments or medications have failed, the teeth may need to be removed. Our dental professionals can help you determine whether this is the appropriate procedure for your dental needs.
Before proceeding with this treatment, we will discuss your tooth replacement alternatives so you can begin planning to rebuild your smile effectively. If you are experiencing tooth pain and are seeking excellent dental care, you should speak to our team at Chicago Dental Esthetics.
How Is an Extraction Performed?
There are two types of extractions which are the simple extraction and the surgical extraction. During a simple extraction procedure, we numb the affected area and gently or lightly remove the tooth from the socket holding it. On the other hand, a surgical extraction requires that a small incision be made on the gumline. It may be necessary to surgically fracture the tooth into manageable pieces so that it can be fully removed. Wisdom teeth typically require surgical extraction. It might take you a few days to recover regardless of the type of extraction procedure conducted. Sedation dentistry can help to maintain a low-stress experience for our patients who are nervous or anxious about the extraction treatment.
We will only begin when you are completely comfortable and ready to proceed. Due to the nature of this treatment, we consider alternative procedures before recommending extractions. In excessively painful situations such as where a wisdom tooth is causing extreme pain as well as other side effects, we often recommend an extraction. When gum disease has damaged the underlying bone supporting a tooth, extraction becomes the best treatment procedure. If it is not extracted, gum disease will continue to progress potentially infecting other teeth. Removing the tooth is often a better solution which reduces the need for additional invasive treatments later.
How Does an Extraction Improve Restorative Dentistry?
After an extraction procedure, our professionals will advise patients to eat soft food and rest well to enhance recovery. Patients will need to be cautious when brushing around the extraction area to avoid irritating the gums. It is recommended patients use techniques such as resting with the head propped up as this can reduce swelling and inflammation. With our professional treatment procedure and highly trained staff, patients should be feeling normal after a day or two.
For a severely damaged, painful, or decayed tooth, extraction is a good and cost-effective option to consider. Do not hesitate to get the treatment you need. Our team performs convenient, efficient, and minimally invasive extractions with an immediate plan for replacement, if necessary. Contact Chicago Dental Esthetics at (847) 677-1119 today for more information.