While we focus on preventative care at Stratford Dental, we also complete tooth extractions on a regularly. We do our best in considering ways to prevent tooth extraction by helping you maintain good oral health. This means taking the proactive approach to keep your teeth healthy and whole.
- Cleaning your teeth on a consistent basis.
- Discussing a healthy diet.
- Treating cavities, gum disease and infections as they arise.
As an expert in dentistry, Dr. Evans will also restore your tooth if there is damage. This approach will help you preserve your natural teeth for years to come. If your tooth is in need of repair or are currently experiencing pain, please call our office at (630) 980-3880. For your appointment you will go through an examination. This will determine if we can save your tooth or if a tooth removal procedure is the best option. Extraction might be the best option in order to prevent the spread of infection and elimination for your discomfort. A prescription may be prescribed prior to the extraction appointment. In our dental office near Roselle, IL we take the essential steps to most importantly ensure your comfort. Regardless of which treatment option you select, you will feel as ease during the process.
The Process of a Tooth Removal
If we determine that a tooth extraction is the best treatment option, we will thoroughly and safely conduct the procedure. First and foremost, we will make sure you do not feel any discomfort by numbing the area of your mouth. You might be feeling some pressure during the procedure, but will otherwise be comfortable. There could be a possibility that your tooth has matures and broken through the gums. If this is the case, Dr. Evans will use the specific specialty tools to move the tooth and pull it out of the socket. Next, we will clean the area thoroughly and use gauze to stop the bleeding while you recuperate.
Please Note: It is common, especially with wisdom tooth removal, for the tooth to be impacted or still below the surface. This is also the case for an extraction prior to dental implants. In such circumstances, oral surgery may be necessary to remove the tooth. When completing this surgery in our dental office near Roselle, we generally make an incision in the gums so that there is a flap. By gently lifting the flap, we will have access to the affected tooth. Many times, we can wiggle the tooth out of the socket. If, however, there is bone or tissue on top of the tooth, we will first need to cut that away. There are also times when the tooth might be stubborn and not budge at all. This is when we might need to break the tooth into several pieces in order to remove it. After removal of the tooth from the socket, the area will be fully cleaned prior to placing the flap back down and closed in place. In some instances, stitches will be placed and a follow-up appointment would be needed for removal and evaluate healing progress. Finally, we will place gauze over the area to stop the bleeding.
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After the Tooth Removal Procedure
At Stratford Dental, our goal is to make your recovery time as short as possible. This is why we perform a tooth extraction with the least invasive approach possible. Most of our patients will heal while still in the office. During this time, we make sure the bleeding has significantly lessened, and any anesthesia is wearing off. We generally suggest that you have someone pick you up following a tooth extraction. At home, resting along with taking a nap is highly suggested. Make sure that you drink an adequate amount of water at room temperature (not too hot or too cold). During the first couple days of recovery, extremely hot or cold fluids and/or food can lead to sensitivity. Also, we do not suggest using a straw for drinking; this could cause a dry socket and could become very painful. During your recovery, make sure you are eating foods that are soft while still high in nutrition. A great example is a smoothie with fruit, vegetable and yogurt – you still get the nutrition without the need to bite down on anything.
Recovery time varies for everyone, as how the procedure was completed is a big influence on it. Generally, swelling will go down within a few days. In our dental office near Roselle, we advise taking ibuprofen to aid in reducing the swelling. You can older use a cold compress or ice pack for (15) fifteen minutes at a time. As you are taking care of your mouth following the extraction, you need to keep the areas as clean as possible. You can brush the surrounding teeth as you normally do, while cautiously avoiding the surgical area. We also advise to rinse with water or an antibacterial mouthwash to lower the risk of infection.