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In some situations, we may determine a tooth is beyond repair and will need to be removed. One of the most common reasons for tooth extractions is severe decay. However, this isn’t the only reason. Periodontal disease or broken teeth may also require this procedure due to the difficulty of repairing them. Poor positioning, including impacted teeth, and the need to make space for orthodontic treatments are additional reasons for extractions.If you suspect your teeth may require extractions in Lakeview, it’s important to talk to your dentist to determine if the tooth can be saved or if it should be removed to restore your oral health.

Unfortunately, when one tooth is removed, it can cause issues with chewing, your jaw joint and other teeth shifting. This can have a negative impact on your overall oral health. To prevent these problems, we will discuss your options for extractions and replace the missing teeth. This could include the need for dental bridges or implants, as well as dentures if you are having more teeth removed. The good news is, we offer a variety of financing options and accept a variety of insurance plans so you can rest assured your dental issues will be resolved without too much financial strain.

The Process of Extraction

When you come in for your extraction, we will use local anesthetics to numb the tooth, the surrounding gums and the jawbone. You will feel a lot of pressure but should feel no pain. This is because the tooth must be rocked firmly, so the socket widens enough for the extraction. Because the anesthetic has numbed the nerves, you will feel only pressure, not the pain. If you do experience pain, please don’t hesitate to speak up so we can administer additional anesthetic. It’s our goal to make sure the process is as simple and stress-free as possible for you. We want you to be as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.

Sectioning the Tooth

Some teeth must be divided before extractions. If the tooth is rooted deeply in its socket or has a curved root, making it difficult to expand the socket enough to remove it, we may need to cut the tooth into pieces before removing them. This should not create any additional pain or discomfort for you. These extractions can be more expensive, but your insurance policy should cover most, if not all, of the procedure. When you visit us for a consultation, we will discuss the options with you and help you make the best choice for your needs.

Proper After Care

  • You can expect some bleeding. Use a moist piece of gauze to cover the empty socket, biting down on it firmly for 30 minutes until bleeding is under control.
  • Blood clots should form within the socket. This is a necessary part of healing. Take care not to dislodge these clots.
  • Don’t rinse or spit for 24 hours after the procedure.
  • Don’t smoke, use a straw or drink hot liquids during healing.
  • If you experience swelling, use ice for 10 minutes and then take it off for 20 minutes. Repeat as needed for up to 24 hours.
  • Non-prescription pain medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen should help with any pain or discomfort you feel.
  • Chew in other parts of your mouth to prevent irritating the extraction site. Avoid hot liquids and alcohol for the first 24 hours. You may need to use a liquid diet for the first 24 hours.
  • Don’t brush the extraction site for one full day. On the second day, you may clean the area gently. Don’t use commercial mouth washes because they are more likely to irritate. At the 24 hour mark, use a salt water rinse of one teaspoon of salt in warm water after eating and before bed.
  • If the blood clot doesn’t form or becomes dislodged, you will experience what is known as dry socket, which can delay healing. Be sure to follow these instructions to lower your risk. The symptoms of dry socket typically appear three to four days after extractions and consist of a dull, throbbing pain. This pain may be moderate or severe and radiates away from the extraction site. This problem can cause bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth. If this happens, visit us as soon as possible so we can apply a medicated dressing to eliminate the pain.

Tooth extractions in Lakeview aren’t the most pleasant experience for anyone and it can be difficult to get the replacements you need, especially if money is an issue. The good news is, our dental office understands these problems and wants to make the process as easy as possible for you. We will go over all of your options and then create a treatment plan with your best interests, as well as your budget, in mind.

We offer tooth extractions to patients in Lakeview, Waukegan, and Chicago, IL.

Chicago Office

(773) 528-0068
1426 West Belmont Ave. #1
Chicago, IL 60657
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Waukegan Office

(847) 360-1610
2841 Grand Ave.
Waukegan, IL 60085 [email protected]
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