Your permanent, adult teeth are supposed to last your entire life. However, there are multiple reasons you may need a tooth removed:
- A crowded mouth is often a reason that teeth are extracted. If you need orthodontic treatment and your mouth is crowded, your dentist may suggest removing a tooth to create more room to straighten your teeth.
- Tooth decay or damage is probably the most common reason that a tooth is removed. If a tooth is damaged or decayed beyond repair, your dentist will more than likely recommend having that tooth pulled for the betterment of your oral health.
- Infection can happen if tooth decay is allowed to spread to the root of the tooth. If the infection is too advanced for a root canal to repair it, your dentist will tell you that the tooth needs to be extracted.
- Gum disease may cause a tooth to become loose, and your dentist may suggest removal.
- Risk of infection is even a reason your dentist may suggest removing a tooth. There are many reasons this would happen, so trusting your dentist is imperative in this case.
- Wisdom Teeth are often in need of removal if you’re between the ages of 16 and 30.
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
At North Shore Smile Surgery, we specialize in oral surgery. When looking for a place to have your tooth extracted in northern Chicago, Dr. Frank is an elite choice. Oftentimes, other practices extract a tooth and will push you toward implants to fill the gap that is left. Dr. Frank will make several options available to you for you to select from. Dr. Frank also makes sure your procedure is completely planned out before going in to remove teeth.
When you arrive at the office, you will be led to a comfortable chair where your tooth extraction will take place. The procedure will begin with the administration of sedation to ensure that the extraction is pain-free. In major extraction cases where teeth are impacted or multiple teeth are being removed, we will administer enough anesthesia to where you’ll sleep through the extraction.
Recovering After Tooth Extraction
After the extraction takes place, Dr. Frank will send you home to begin your recovery. Recovery normally takes 3-4 days, and there are several steps you can take to help the recovery process.
These steps include:
- Taking medication that Dr. Frank will prescribe to you to dull the pain felt after the extraction. Taking suggested doses is a must, or you put your health at risk.
- Excess bleeding can be eased by lightly biting down on gauze. Expect some bleeding to occur, but if there is excessive bleeding, call us immediately. When lying down, keep your head propped up to prevent excess bleeding.
- Put an ice bag on the affected area to reduce swelling. An alternative to a bag of ice can be a frozen bag of peas.