• October 22, 2016
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Partners, Dr. Robert Funk and Dr. Henry Vicioso, Dr. Gina Bruck have been focusing for quite some time now on bringing perfect smiles to folks living in the Shorewood, Illinois area. But one thing this team has encountered over and over again is the need to sometimes remove a tooth (or multiple teeth) for the good of a patient’s smile and often their overall health.

Since it seems counterintuitive to what we are here to do as dentists, removing a tooth can often be misunderstood. Which is why we are making it the subject of today’s post.

Keep reading, and then be sure to schedule your next appointment with one of our three top-notch dentists at Shorewood Family Dental Care.

Wisdom Teeth

There is a very good chance that your wisdom teeth will pop through when you are a young adult. They might grow crooked, not erupt, or be completely impacted.

When you encounter any of these wisdom tooth problems, it’s in your best interest to extract your wisdom teeth. While many dentists will refer a wisdom tooth removal out to other surgeons, we are able to do it all right here in our Shorewood office! In fact, removing a tooth can be done in just one appointment. How nice is that?

Severe Decay

We preach and preach about cavities for good reason. Untreated cavities can turn into a real unhealthy situation for you. If it ever happens to you, you can bet that we will do everything in our power to save your natural teeth. But when your tooth is too damaged to be restored through a filling, root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, we may need to extract it to save the rest of your smile.

Periodontal Disease

This one can be a big problem. When gum disease attacks your gums and underlying bone, some teeth may become too loose to be saved by conservative gum disease therapies. This is why it is always better to catch these things sooner rather than later!


Complete dentures span the entire arch, so tooth extraction may be necessary if you are getting all of your teeth replaced. It will make your replacement teeth fit better and feel more natural in your mouth. Not a big deal, really.


This may surprise you but braces need room to be able to move your teeth into proper alignment. As such, removing a tooth may be the best starting point if your mouth is overcrowded.

The Procedure Is Pain-Free At Shorewood

Our team has the tools, training, and the latest dental technology to ensure that your visit will be a pleasant and painless experience. Tooth extractions that are performed in our office start with an exam of your teeth. We make sure you haven’t suffered any other damage due to a severely infected or decayed tooth.

Once we’re sure that your oral health is in order, we’ll anesthetize the area of the tooth in question. Once you’re comfortable, we’ll begin the procedure.

Take heart, we have several great sedation options available to help you feel even more comfortable while we are working in your mouth.

After your tooth has been extracted, you’ll develop a blood clot that protects the tooth socket to heal. In some cases, we’ll need to use stitches to close the opening, but this is generally reserved for surgical wisdom tooth extraction.

Let Our Dentists Restore Your Healthy Smile Today!

We hope that you have learned different reasons for removing a tooth from this post. If you think you could benefit from an extraction, don’t put off treatment! Call us today at 815-725-5991 or contact us online to schedule your consultation at Shorewood Family Dental Care!