Orland Park, IL
While modern dentistry, and our team of professional dental experts here at Orland Dental Care strive to repair, restore and preserve your natural teeth, there are still cases in which a tooth or multiple teeth may need to be extracted. Unfortunately, teeth cannot always be saved by a root canal or dental crown if there is too much decay or damage. Our gentle tooth extraction techniques and numbing options will put you at ease throughout your procedure.
Reasons For Tooth Extraction
We may recommend an extraction when other procedures, as mentioned above, are unable to reverse the damage to the affected tooth, or when there is inadequate space for newly erupting permanent teeth, which could lead to misaligned teeth and impaction. In preparation for orthodontic treatment an extraction may also be recommended.
Types of Tooth Extractions
There are two types of extractions. A simple extraction, and a surgical extraction. A simple extraction removes a tooth that is visible above the gumline, while a surgical extraction removes teeth that have broken off or have not fully erupted above the gumline. Our expert team will provide you with the care and comfortability you deserve, whatever the reason is for your need for an extraction.
Best Candidates for Tooth Extraction
You may be a candidate for tooth extraction if your tooth has been damaged or broken, and is unable to be repaired by bonding, filling, a root canal, or with a dental crown. Or, you may have problematic wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth can become impacted underneath the gum line and can do more harm than good. They also increase the risk of infection. If you're getting braces or other orthodontic work done, you may need to have a tooth extracted to make room for others as they shift into their proper position.
What to Expect
First, you will have a dental exam to assess your teeth and to see which teeth need to be extracted. Extractions are performed under the use of anesthesia to ensure comfortability during your procedure. The type of sedation used may vary depending on the extent of the extraction, and whether or not you have any dental anxieties. For a simple extraction, one of our experienced dentists will use cutting-edge tools and advanced techniques to gently remove the tooth. During a surgical extraction, we will carefully make small incisions in your gums in order to reach the tooth. Sometimes the tooth is broken into smaller pieces for easier removal. After the tooth is removed, we will close the incisions in your gums.
Our skilled dentistry professionals will provide you with specific aftercare instructions following your extraction. This process may vary, depending on the complexity of the extraction you have done. Over-the-counter pain medication may help with relieving any possible swelling to your mouth following the extraction. In some cases, you may be given a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics. You may need to arrange for an alternative ride home, depending on the method of sedation used during your procedure. Our team is committed to providing you with top notch oral health care. In addition to any recommended follow-up appointments, it is important that you continue to schedule appointments for routine examinations and cleanings, so we can monitor and maintain your oral health care after an extraction.
A dental extraction at Orland Dental Care can help improve your oral health, and the appearance of your smile. You can contact us at 872-266-2207 to schedule an appointment to learn more about simple and surgical tooth extractions.