At Wicker Park Dental Group, we provide services that support healthy teeth and gums, so we don’t take a procedure like tooth extraction lightly. Our goal is to preserve teeth, so if we recommend removing one, rest assured there’s a sound reason for it.
If we do recommend tooth extraction, you can be confident that we will explain why and how it will benefit your long-term oral health.
Why Our Dentists Recommend Tooth Extraction
After we have exhausted all options to restore teeth with the following issues, the best and only option is to remove the tooth. Numerous oral health conditions can lead to tooth extraction, such as:
- Severe tooth decay
- Advanced gum diseased
- Dental abscess or infection
- A tooth has broken off below the gum line
- Crowded or impacted wisdom teeth
Other reasons we might recommend tooth removal are to prepare for dental implant placement, dentures, or orthodontic treatment.
How We Ensure Your Comfort
Our dentists and dental team are highly experienced and skilled and have performed numerous tooth extractions with excellent results. Before we begin your procedure, we numb the tooth with a potent local anesthetic to ensure that you don’t feel any pain.
We also offer sedation dentistry, including nitrous oxide and oral sedation that reduce anxiety and help you stay calm and relaxed. Soothing amenities like blankets, neck pillows, and TVs in our treatment rooms all contribute to a comfortable, stress-free experience.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Some people have no issues with their wisdom teeth, but many others don’t have space enough space in the jaw for them to emerge properly. This causes pain or tooth crowding, and in some cases, wisdom teeth grow underneath other molars and become impacted or stuck.
The process for removing erupted wisdom teeth and impacted wisdom teeth is different for each person. If the tooth is not impacted, removal is typically straightforward; if the tooth is impacted in the gum, we will recommend surgical removal.
Our team will evaluate your condition and recommend removing your wisdom teeth if appropriate.
Self-Care after Tooth Extraction
Whether or not you have a simple or surgical extraction, the after-care steps are generally the same:
- Your body needs time to heal and recover, so plan to take off the rest of the day after your procedure.
- We will place sterile gauze on the extraction site, and you should bite down on it for about an hour or until bleeding stops, then replace it with fresh gauze.
- Do not smoke or drink through a straw as the motion can dislodge the protective clot forming over the extraction site.
- Plan a diet of soft foods for the next few days. Pudding, cooled soup, broth, and yogurt are all options to consider.
- Brush your teeth as you usually do, but avoid the extraction site.
Our emergency dentists are a phone call away if you experience any complications. Please don’t hesitate to call us.
Comfortable Tooth Extraction in Chicago, IL
If you need a tooth extraction for any reason, call Wicker Park Dental Group so we can help you. If you are in pain, we also perform emergency tooth extractions and can see you the same day.