Dental extractions are the removal of teeth from the mouth. Our team at The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry offers dental extraction treatment for Skokie, IL, and the surrounding Chicago area.
Understanding Dental Extractions
Dr. Abraham Stein and Dr. Zachary Weiss are experienced in dental extraction treatments and can examine your unique situation to determine if a dental extraction is necessary. The most common reasons for dental extractions include:
- Impacted tooth: This occurs when a tooth is left below the gum’s surface, and sometimes below the surface of the jaw bone. Impacted teeth can put pressure on other teeth, in addition to causing other health complications.
- Teeth crowding: Teeth that emerge later than others may cause shifting in the alignment of a patient’s smile. Third molars, or wisdom teeth, are the last set of permanent molars to emerge. These teeth are also the most likely to require extraction, due to crowding issues or being impacted.
- Decay or infection: A tooth affected by extensive tooth decay or infection can be unable to be corrected with a filling or root canal treatment. In these instances, extraction is often the final course of action.
Drs. Stein or Weiss may recommend extractions for one of your teeth if any of the above causes apply to your unique situation. During your consultation, your dentist may also recommend sedation medication to make your procedure more comfortable.
Extractions are usually considered either simple or complex. Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible above the gum line. Dentists regularly perform these procedures by numbing the area with local anesthetic and loosening the tooth before removing with dental tools. A complex extraction for impacted teeth or broken teeth involves making an incision into a patient’s gums and removing some bone tissue in order to loosen and remove the tooth.
Tips for Post-Extraction Care
After an extraction, you will require a ride home by a family member or friend. Rest for the remainder of the day is your top priority; but always be sure to keep your head elevated to prevent bleeding.
Drs. Stein or Weiss will place gauze on the extraction site immediately after the procedure. Once the gauze is soaked, change it out. Continue changing gauze until the bleeding tapers off. Be sure not to disturb the blood clot that forms on the extraction site. If bleeding continues beyond 24 hours, contact our office immediately.
Utilize prescribed pain medication and ice packs as directed for discomfort and swelling. Leave ice packs on for about 20 minutes at a time, and remove for at least 20 minutes; continue this for the first few hours after surgery to significantly improve facial swelling during recovery. If your jaw is sore or tired, a heating pad or warm compress can alleviate muscle aches.
For three to four days following the extraction, stick to a diet of soft foods and drink plenty of clear liquids. Avoid drinking through a straw, as the force created by it can slow healing and weaken sutures. Limit physical activity for the first few days of recovery as well; bending over or lifting heavy weights could loosen the blood clot.
Trusted Extraction Treatment in Skokie, IL
Our team at The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry has experience providing dental extraction treatment for patients just like you in the Skokie area. For more information on our services, or to schedule an extraction consultation, contact our Skokie practice at (847) 676-3500.