Tooth extractions are necessary when a tooth is damaged or decayed beyond repair and cannot be saved through restorative treatments like a root canal or dental crowns. We will always do everything we can to save your teeth before resorting to extractions. However, sometimes a tooth cannot be saved and it’s better to extract and replace it.
Extractions are also necessary if you have impacted wisdom teeth, overcrowding, or to make room for orthodontic treatment. Contact us at Washington Dental Studio in Naperville today to schedule an appointment.
It is important to protect the blood clot at the extraction site to prevent dry socket.
During your consultation with Dr. Shah, an oral exam will be performed and x-rays will be taken to look at the extent of damage and determine if extraction is the right course of action.
Once we’ve examined your teeth, our Naperville dentist can decide if you need a basic or surgical extraction and will schedule your appointments accordingly.
If your tooth is impacted, we will need to make an incision to gain access to the tooth. Otherwise, a dental elevator is used to loosen the tooth, and forceps are used to remove it.
Dr. Shah will explain how to care for your tooth after your extraction and what to expect from the healing process. If you have non-dissolvable sutures, you will return to have them removed. Otherwise, the stitches will dissolve on their own.
A basic tooth extraction is the default type of extraction for teeth that are visible in the mouth. If your tooth isn’t impacted, then you won’t need a surgical extraction. We will administer a local anesthetic in our Naperville practice so you don’t feel any discomfort and then we’ll use an appliance called an elevator to loosen the tooth from the socket. This severs the ligaments holding it in place. Once it’s completely loose, we will use forceps to get a firm grasp of the tooth and remove it.
When it comes to wisdom teeth, these typically need to be removed surgically because they are impacted or erupting improperly. A surgical extraction involves making an incision into the gums so we can access the tooth. You will be under local anesthetic so you won’t feel any pain and you may also receive additional sedation to make you feel comfortable.
An elevator and forceps are used again to loosen and remove the tooth. However, we may section the tooth into small fragments to make it easier to remove. Wisdom teeth often involve removing more bone and soft tissue than basic extractions.
It can take about 3 weeks to completely heal from a tooth extraction.