Dr. Brent Engelberg performs tooth extractions in Arlington Heights, IL dentist office. A tooth extraction is often the treatment of last resort but may be recommended for a variety of dental problems:
- A tooth that is severely decayed or infected
- 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
A tooth extraction is typically a quick procedure performed with 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 a 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?
After having a tooth extracted it is recommended that patients avoid chewing with the area the tooth was extracted from to give it time to heal before applying excess force. Patients are also told to avoid smoking, drinking through a straw, and any sucking motions. This can bring bacteria into your mouth, and cause an infection to your open gum.
How soon after a tooth extraction can I brush my teeth with toothpaste?
Patients are told not to brush or rinse their teeth for the day following their tooth extraction. The day after the extraction patients may brush their teeth. Patients may choose to brush without toothpaste for the first few days, because it is highly discouraged to spit the toothpaste out for about 5 days post-operation.
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. After having a tooth pulled, dentists recommend over-the-counter pain medication to help you manage and deal with pain and swelling for the first few days post operation.
What are my restrictions after having a tooth extracted?
Patients are told to avoid smoking, spitting, sucking through a straw for at least 24 hours after having a tooth extracted. These can cause the area the tooth was pulled from to lose its clotting, and slow down the healing process. Patients are also told to avoid tobacco products and alcoholic drinks, including mouthwash for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
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