Dr. Brent Engelberg performs tooth extractions in Arlington Heights, IL dentist office. Tooth extraction is often the treatment of last resort but we recommend it for a variety of dental problems:
- Teeth with extreme decay or infection
- Advanced gum disease to prevent further damage to bone and other tissue
- A tooth that is blocking another tooth
- Wisdom teeth that are impacted or affecting other teeth
The Tooth Extraction Process
Tooth extraction is a quick procedure that uses a local anesthetic, but Dr. Engelberg offers sedation dentistry options for patients with dental anxiety. After your tooth extraction, your dentist will discuss tooth replacement options to restore your dental health and prevent the development of additional dental problems.
Prompt tooth replacement is important to avoid the development of more complex dental problems: periodontal disease, shifting teeth, changes in the bite, and shrinkage of bone in the jaw.
Dr. Engelberg offers comprehensive services for replacing your extracted tooth (or teeth) and will recommend the appropriate option for your unique dental health and cosmetic concerns:
- Dental implants
- Dental bridges
- Dentures and partials
Tooth Extraction FAQs
What not to do when you have a tooth extracted?
Avoid chewing with the area where the tooth was to give it time to heal before applying excess force. Also, avoid smoking, drinking through a straw, and any sucking motions. This can bring bacteria into your mouth, and cause an infection in your open gum.
How soon after tooth extraction can I brush my teeth with toothpaste?
Don’t brush or rinse your teeth for the day following their tooth extraction. The day after the extraction, patients may brush their teeth. Consider brushing without toothpaste for the first few days. Spitting out the toothpaste for around five days after the procedure causes problems with the clotting process.
Do tooth extractions hurt?
Yes, having a tooth pulled can be painful. To help make the experience more comfortable, dentists usually use an anesthetic or sedation. Over-the-counter pain medication helps you manage and deal with pain and swelling for the first few days post-operation.
What are my restrictions after having a tooth extraction?
Avoid smoking, spitting, or sucking through a straw for at least 24 hours after the procedure. These can cause the area the tooth was pulled from to lose its clotting and slow down the healing process. Avoid tobacco products and alcoholic drinks, including mouthwash for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
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