Tooth Extraction in Aurora, IL
A tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that is performed by our dentist to remove a damaged, decayed, or impacted tooth. Tooth removal is typically the last resort for treating a severely damaged tooth and is generally recommended to prevent further damage from occurring.
Simple Extraction and Surgical Extraction
When it comes to tooth extraction, there are two types: simple extraction and surgical extraction. A simple extraction is the most common type of tooth removal and is usually done in our office when a tooth is visible above the gum line. During this procedure, our dentist will use dental tools to loosen the tooth from its socket before removing it.
Surgical extraction, on the other hand, is a more complicated dental procedure that may be necessary when a tooth is not fully visible above the gum line. This type of extraction can also be used to remove impacted wisdom teeth or teeth with extensive decay. During this procedure, our dentist will make an incision in your gums to better access and remove the tooth. Surgical extractions are usually done under local anesthesia and sedation.
Common Reasons for Having Your Tooth Extracted
- Severe tooth decay or damaged: If a tooth is broken, cracked, decayed beyond repair, or infected, it may need to be extracted to prevent further damage.
- Crowded teeth: If there is not enough room in the mouth for all of your teeth, some may need to be extracted to create space for others to move into their correct positions.
- Orthodontic treatment: Dental extraction may be necessary prior to orthodontic treatment such as braces or Invisalign® in order to create adequate space for the teeth to be moved into their desired positions.
- Impacted wisdom teeth: A wisdom tooth can become impacted when it is unable to fully erupt from the gums. This can cause pain, swelling, and damage to adjacent teeth, so tooth removal may be necessary in order to prevent further issues.
- Gum disease or infection: Periodontal disease can cause your teeth to become loose over time. If the damage is too severe to be repaired by other treatments, a dental extraction may be necessary.
- Dental implant placement: If you are planning to get a dental implant, the damaged tooth may need to be extracted first in order for the implant to be placed.
- A baby tooth that has not come out on its own: When a baby tooth does not fall out on its own, it may need to be extracted in order for the adult tooth to come in correctly.
Post Extraction Care
It is important for patients who have recently undergone a tooth extraction to take proper care of their mouth during recovery. Patients should avoid smoking for at least 24 hours after oral surgery as this may disrupt healing and increase the risk of infection. Rest is also essential for recovery; patients should refrain from strenuous activities for at least 48 hours post-procedure in order to give their mouth time to heal properly. Additionally, patients should stick to soft foods for the first few days after their extraction and avoid any solid foods or crunchy snacks.
Schedule a Consultation Today
At Fox Valley Dental Care, we will try to save your natural teeth as often as possible. However, if a dental extraction is necessary for you to maintain your oral health, our experienced dental team is here to help. To learn more about the tooth extraction procedure and what you can expect during recovery, contact us today to schedule a consultation.