Gentle Dental Extractions in Elgin & Schaumburg
Although tooth extractions are not usually something that is desired by patients, they can become necessary for different reasons. Whatever the reason, your dentist can explain the pros and cons of an extraction and let you know why it is recommended.
Reasons for a tooth extraction may include:
- An impacted wisdom tooth that cannot grow in fully.
- A severely infected tooth that could spread to surrounding teeth.
- A broken tooth beyond repair.
- The need to create room for a crowded smile.
Whatever the reason for a tooth extraction, you don’t have to dread your dental visit! Our team will go the extra mile to ensure that you are comfortable and at ease before treatment begins. The area where the tooth will be fully numbed before treatment. Sedation dentistry can also be used to help you feel relaxed throughout the extraction. Once you are ready, your dentist will carefully remove your tooth.
Once a tooth has been removed, treatment plans can be discussed for replacing your missing tooth if necessary. If a gap is left in your smile your teeth may begin to shift. Missing teeth can also lead to bone loss, difficulty chewing and discomfort. A dental implant, bridge or other options may be presented to restore your smile.
If you are in need of a tooth extraction in Cook or Kane County, pick up the phone to set up a consultation! Don’t put off caring for your teeth. Give your smile the attention it deserves and call us today!
What can I eat after a dental extraction?
Once your treatment is complete, you should wait until the numbness wears off before trying to eat anything to avoid accidentally biting your tongue or the inside of your cheek. We recommend stocking up on some soft foods before your procedure, like oatmeal, soup, yogurt, pudding, and avocados, that require minimal chewing and will be easy to eat. Smoothies and milkshakes are great too, just be careful not to drink them through a straw, as that can cause a painful dry socket.
Are dental extractions painful?
Your dental extraction procedure should not be painful. Before we begin, a local anesthetic will be injected into the gums near the tooth to completely numb the teeth and gums. This means that while you may feel some pressure during the extraction, it should not hurt. Our team will also provide you with aftercare instructions for managing pain. We can either write a prescription for you or offer a recommendation for over-the-counter pain medication to take to manage any pain or discomfort.
When can I go back to school or work?
It depends on your unique treatment and how many teeth are being removed. Since dental extractions are considered oral surgery, you should plan to spend at least the rest of the day resting at home. In the following days after the procedure, it’s important to take it easy and not exercise or be too active, as that can slow the healing process down. Once you return to your normal routine, you will still likely want to continue eating soft foods for a while and avoid putting too much on your schedule for awhile.