If you're looking to have your tooth extracted in the northwest Chicago suburbs, Dr. Scott Frank is an elite choice.
Whether your mouth is too crowded, your tooth is decayed, or you have gum disease, it’s better to take care of it sooner rather than later if your dentist has said that you need a tooth extracted. We’ll provide multiple options as part of a customized treatment plan so you know exactly what you’ll be getting.
Your permanent, adult teeth are supposed to last your entire life. However, there are multiple reasons you may need a tooth removed.
Wisdom teeth are often in need of removal if you’re between the ages of 16 and 30.
If a tooth is damaged beyond repair, your dentist will likely recommend removing it.
If a root canal cannot repair the infection that has spread to the root, the tooth will need to be extracted.
If you are experiencing a great amount of tooth pain, your dentist may recommend the tooth be removed.
Gum disease may cause a tooth to become loose, and your dentist may suggest removal.
Even the risk of infection can be cause for removing a tooth, so trusting your dentist is imperative in this case.
Your dentist may suggest removing a tooth to create more room for orthodontic treatment.
The North Shore Smile Surgery difference is apparent when you first walk into our office.
You'll find that whether you have questions about your insurance benefits, the procedure, or the timeline for recovery, our staff members are happy to explain any and all details. You'll never be rushed at our office!
If you need a tooth extracted, we'll help you decide if replacing the tooth or teeth is right for you. We'll walk you through every part of the process so you're completely prepared on the day of surgery — and afterwards.
If you’re in severe pain, have a significant infection, or have fractured a tooth, you may need emergency care, and North Shore Smile Surgery can help.
We know you may not have expected to need emergency oral surgery, but rest assured that we schedule emergency patients regularly and know exactly how to get you the help you need so you can go back to everyday life.
Here’s what to expect:
As soon as you call us, we’ll try to schedule you in as quickly as possible (usually the same day or the following day).
You may experience a wait in our office as our schedule is often fully booked, but we do our best to accommodate emergency patients.
We will do a consultation and exam, potentially take an x-ray if you don’t have any recent ones, determine the right treatment plan for you, and perform the surgery that day if appropriate.
If you plan to use IV anesthesia, you will need to fast (no eating or drinking, including water) for at least 6 hours before the procedure, and you will need someone to drive you home afterwards.
If you don’t replace your tooth with a dental implant, you can run into these issues in the future.
Your teeth may start to move, causing pain, tooth decay, or unnecessary tooth loss.
Biting and Chewing
You may have trouble eating your food, especially foods like apples and corn on the cob.
Your jaw may lose bone, leading to further loss of teeth and difficulty in placing implants or replacing the tooth in the future.
It has been well documented that tooth loss is associated with heart, endocrine, and GI problems.
If you’ve lost multiple teeth, you may start to sound as if you have a lisp or slur.
Many people with missing teeth start to cover their mouths because they’re uncomfortable with how they look, affecting their self-esteem.
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.
Take the medication prescribed to you. In some cases, we can even fill the medication you need on-site so you don't need to make a separate trip to the pharmacy.
Put an ice pack on the affected area to reduce swelling. An alternative to a bag of ice is a frozen bag of peas.
Bleeding can be eased by lightly biting down on gauze. Expect some bleeding to occur, but feel free to contact us if you feel the bleeding is excessive.
When lying down, keep your head propped up to prevent excessive bleeding.
"He never gets upset, nothing seems too difficult for him. He’s always willing to see me, or any of his patients, whenever you have a problem. You never feel like you’re bothering Dr. Frank.
Regardless of his personality, when you go to an oral surgeon, you want somebody who is going to be able to do the procedure and do it correctly the first time. I think Dr. Frank definitely is able to do whatever needs to be done in your mouth, he’s just so knowledgeable."