Tooth Extraction in Shorewood, IL
Extractions are never fun for the patient, unless they are in pain of course but it’s very predictable and what we do, we do all ranges of extractions from broken baby teeth where there is just a little shell of tooth sticking out through the gum all the way up to on occasion we will take a wisdom tooth out here and there. The key is that we take our time, we are more about finesse not force. The old story of the dentist having his knee on the chest definitely does not apply here. So we take our time with people and talk them through it but if it’s something that they want to have taken care of, we can definitely take care of extractions in our office here.
At Shorewood Family Dental Care, we pride ourselves on maintaining the natural integrity of your teeth whenever possible. In some instances, however, a tooth has to be extracted. When that happens we’re here for you! We’ll also gladly follow through and plan any other treatments necessary to restore your smile after the tooth extraction!
Why Are Teeth Extracted?
Teeth can be extracted for a variety of reasons. However, the most common for us at Shorewood Family Dental Care is due to excess decay and gum disease. Our number one goal is to always try to save each and every tooth that we can. Unfortunately though, there are instances in which the progression of the decay is past the point of being able to save the tooth. In these instances, extraction becomes necessary to prevent further damage to your mouth.
When allowing gum disease to progress to its extremes, teeth can become loose and damaging. Even worse, if left alone it can become very difficult to save. Despite the fact that your teeth may be healthy, the loss of gums and damage to bone means that they won’t be able to remain in our mouth.
Wisdom teeth usually arrive in our late teens to early twenties. As they arrive, there is a significant possibility that they will grow crooked, not erupt, or be completely impacted. When any of these occur, it’s necessary to extract your wisdom teeth.
While many dentists will refer wisdom tooth extraction out to other surgeons, we are able to do it all right here at Shorewood Family Dental Care! Your wisdom teeth can be removed in one appointment at a practice you feel familiar and comfortable with.
Tooth extraction done in our office first involves an exam of your teeth to make sure you haven’t suffered any other damage due to a severely infected or decayed tooth. Once we’re sure that you’re healthy, we’ll anesthetize the area of your bad tooth. Once you’re comfortable, we’ll begin the extraction.
If you are anxious about getting a tooth extracted, don’t worry! We have several different sedation options to help you make it through this frightening procedure.
Once your tooth is extracted, you’ll develop a blood clot that protects the tooth socket and allows for it to heal. In some instances, we’ll use stitches to close the opening, but this is generally reserved for surgical wisdom tooth extraction.
After Your Tooth Extraction
Depending on the position of the tooth to be extracted, you may want to consider one of our several restorative options to help bring your smile back. We recommend dental implants, especially if the rest of your mouth is healthy! An implant will act just like the natural root of your tooth. This allows your jaw to maintain bone density and stay healthy for years to come.
If you think you may need a tooth extraction, don’t delay treatment! Call us today at (815) 725-5991, or make an appointment request using our online form. We look forward to helping protect your oral health!