Tooth Extractions

Although our primary aim is to preserve and care for your natural teeth, there are situations where extracting a tooth is the best option. We strive to ensure the tooth extraction process is as smooth as possible, allowing you to concentrate on a speedy recovery.

The Process of Tooth Extraction

The tooth extraction process is usually quick, and we will use anesthesia to ensure your comfort. The most important part of the process is the recovery. It’s crucial to control bleeding and promote healing immediately after the tooth extraction. This includes biting down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes to form a blood clot. Not disturbing the blood clot for the next 24 hours is extremely important. We recommend using an ice pack on the outer cheek to manage swelling. Once the swelling has gone down, you can use a warm compress in the same area for comfort. Additionally, gentle rinses with warm salt water can help keep the extraction area clean.

illustration of a tooth extraction
  • How do I prevent dry socket after tooth extraction?

    When a tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms shortly after the surgery, marking the beginning of the healing process. If this blood clot gets dislodged before your mouth fully recovers, it can lead to a painful condition known as a dry socket.

    To prevent dry sockets, follow these six tips:

    1. Avoid using straws or anything that creates suction or a large air movement.
    2. Refrain from smoking, as rapid inhalation can dislodge the blood clot, and the chemicals in tobacco may hinder healing or cause an infection.
    3. For the first one or two days, stick to soft foods such as applesauce, yogurt, and mashed potatoes.
    4. Check with your doctor about your medications to ensure they won’t interfere with the healing process.
    5. Maintain proper oral hygiene to keep your mouth clean, and consider using an antibacterial mouthwash.
    6. Follow your doctor’s instructions on proper oral care to help improve recovery time.
  • What causes the need for tooth extraction?

    Tooth extraction involves removing a tooth from its socket in the bone. This procedure is usually necessary when a tooth is badly damaged by decay or trauma and cannot be repaired with a filling or crown.

    Other reasons for tooth extraction include extra teeth blocking others, baby teeth that have not fallen out in time for permanent teeth to come in, braces, removal of wisdom teeth, or medical reasons.

More Questions?

If you have more questions about tooth extractions, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further. You can also schedule an appointment or see the other services we provide using the links below.

Handcrafted Smiles

2101 S. Arlington Heights Road
Suite 117
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
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