If one of your teeth is infected or damaged, or you have a wisdom tooth that has not erupted properly, you may need a tooth extraction from the office of Dr. Wesley C. Wise, DDS. At our office, we specialize in simple extractions.
With modern tools and techniques, and sedation available for all of our patients, we can help you get through the process of tooth extraction with minimal pain, discomfort, and anxiety. Want to learn more? Read on, and get further details about the procedure now.
Tooth extraction is a very simple procedure. First, Dr. Wesley Wise will clean and numb the area that is to be treated. Then, he will begin to use a tool called a dental elevator, to loosen the tooth in its socket. The root of the tooth is weakened to ensure that it can be pulled away cleanly.
Once the tooth is loose, a specialized tool called a dental forceps is used to grab the tooth by its base. Then, the tooth is pulled out in a single, smooth motion. After this, the area is cleaned and disinfected again, and the now-empty socket is sutured shut. This process will be repeated for every tooth which must be removed.
First and foremost, make sure that you follow every instruction Dr. Wise gives you during your recovery, such as avoiding the use of straws, which could displace your blood clot and cause “dry socket,” and eating only soft foods for several days.
The initial pain and discomfort of a tooth extraction can be treated with a dose of prescription pain medication. After a day or two, your pain should mostly subside, and you can treat yourself with over-the-counter medication.
You may experience discomfort, swelling and bleeding for up to a week. After this time, most of your symptoms should subside. If you are still in a significant amount of pain and discomfort after a week, you may need to schedule a follow-up appointment with Dr. Wise.
The most common reason for tooth extractions, by far, is the improper growth (impaction) of wisdom teeth. If the wisdom teeth grow in improperly, they can become infected, damage the surrounding teeth, and even cause teeth shifting or bite issues, so they’re usually removed.
Teeth that are seriously cracked or damaged due to dental trauma may also require extraction, if they cannot be treated with a root canal and a dental crown.. In addition, teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay or periodontal disease may also require extraction.
At our office, Dr. Wise and our team of oral care professionals can help you extract a painful or damaged tooth. In addition, as an experienced restorative dentist, Dr. Wise can help you replace an extracted tooth with a dental implant, a bridge, or partial/full dentures.
If you think you may need a tooth extraction for any reason, contact us right away at (708) 524-0330 for an appointment, or come to our office at 137 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60301. We’re always taking new patients, and we’d be happy to see you.