Tooth Extractions in Loves Park IL
A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket. Extractions are necessary for a variety of reasons, but most often because the tooth is no longer unrestorable due to decay, periodontal disease, or dental trauma. Impacted wisdom teeth can also cause infections and might need to be extracted. With orthodontics if the teeth are too crowded, healthy teeth may need to be extracted to create space so the rest of the teeth can be properly aligned.
Americans 65 and over still have most of their natural teeth. With continued advances in dental technology, there are increasing ways of keeping natural teeth clean and free of decay. As hard as we try, our teeth can still become infected and need to be treated immediately.
At Riverside Dental Center, we value our patient relationships, making it our priority to deliver gentle and compassionate care that you deserve from your dentist in Loves Park. We collectively focus on making you feel at ease by providing you exceptional care in a relaxed, convenient atmosphere. Our team goal is to develop lifelong relationships with our patients by combining the latest dental technology with a professional and caring staff. The result is a beautiful, healthy smile that will last a lifetime. We also emphasize preventive care and patient education because we want you to understand why it is so important to keep your mouth healthy and how to exercise daily hygiene to accomplish it. We are located at 2028 E. Riverside Blvd., Ste 210, Loves Park, IL, 61111. Please call us today at 815-877-4300 to schedule an appointment for an evaluation of the benefits of a tooth extraction for you and your smile.
When Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?
The dental industry always tries to repair a tooth that is broken or damaged by decay with a filling, crown, or other dental treatment. Sometimes, the damage is simply too severe to repair, and Riverside Dental Center must resort to a tooth extraction.
Here are a few reasons tooth extraction could be necessary:
- Injury or trauma- Accidents will happen, and when it involves a tooth, it can be extremely painful. Riverside Dental Center will repair damaged teeth with a dental filling placed in the cracks or fractures that were caused by the injury. These cracks need to be filled to prevent infection from spreading, and to prevent decay. If a filling will not suffice, we may suggest a dental crown to cover the entire tooth above the gum line. If neither option will work to prevent decay from spreading, our team will extract the tooth to prevent further damage.
- Decay or infection- Inside every natural tooth there is living soft tissue called the pulp that is connected to the nerves and blood vessels of our tooth. When the tooth is damaged it can infect the pulp. If the pulp becomes infected, it can cause serious toothache pain. Often these infected teeth can be preserved by our team by performing a root canal.
- Gum Disease- One of the primary reasons for tooth loss is periodontal disease. This is gum disease that causes the gums to pull away from the teeth when there is an excessive amount of plaque or tartar build up under the gums. By detaching they create pockets that also become infected. This is when your gums becoming swollen, red and bleed often. If left untreated, the connectivity tissue that stabilize your teeth will lose their hold. In some cases, your teeth will begin to loosen and Riverside Dental Center may need to extract them.
- Lack of Space- Orthodontic treatment may require tooth extraction to create more room for the teeth as they are realigned.
A Common Tooth Extraction, the Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth usually erupt in our late teens. In some cases, wisdom teeth will grow in crooked and push your other teeth, causing a misalignment. Your team at Riverside Dental Center remove wisdom teeth quite often, whether they have erupted or are still impacted under the gum line, we can remove them simply or surgically.
We often recommend having your wisdom teeth removed to eliminate problems. Even if your wisdom teeth have indeed grown in and have caused no problems, they can still cause trouble in the future as they are difficult to clean and they become more susceptible to infection.
Preparation for a Tooth Extraction
Before extracting a tooth, Riverside Dental Center will thoroughly review your medical and dental history and take any necessary x-rays. X-rays reveal the shape, length, and position of the tooth and the surrounding bone.
Before removal with a simple extraction, we will numb the immediate area around your tooth with an anesthetic. During a surgical extraction we might consider adding dental sedation.
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Two Types of Tooth Extraction Procedures
- Simple Procedure- Administering a local anesthetic to numb the immediate area, we simply loosen your tooth and lift it out with a dental hand tool called an elevator. This procedure is done when the tooth has grown above the gum line for easy access. The dental tools allow for a clean extraction out of the gumline.
- Surgical Procedure- A surgical extraction is more extensive as it requires us to cut into the gum line to retrieve the tooth. This is necessary with an impacted wisdom tooth extraction or if a tooth is broken below the gum line. A local anesthetic will also eliminate any discomfort during these extractions. We can also discuss the option of a dental sedation to address anxiety.
Following Your Tooth Extraction
- The most important thing after your tooth extraction, is keeping the area clean to prevent infection. Immediately following your procedure, Riverside Dental Center will inform you to bite down gently on sterile gauze, which must remain until clotting takes place. We will provide you with aftercare instructions, but for 24 hours after your extraction, you should not smoke, rinse your mouth, or brush the teeth next to the extraction site.
You may have some minor discomfort following the extraction. We will recommend a pain reliever or prescribe one. It will also help to apply an ice pack to your cheek to reduce any swelling. You should also avoid strenuous activity, as well as avoiding hot liquids and not to drink through a straw.
Superior Dentistry with A Personal Touch
The entire team at Riverside Dental Center believes that you should have sufficient information to make educated and informed decisions about your oral health, treatment options, and the choice of your dentist in Loves Park. You will find all this essential information on our website, including directions to our Loves Park office, service descriptions, patient forms, patient education resources, and more.
We are located at 2028 E. Riverside Blvd., Ste 210, Loves Park, IL, 61111. Please call us today at 815-877-4300 to schedule an appointment for your dream smile. Let us smile together.