July 8, 2017
Once your adult teeth grow in, they are designed to last the rest of your life, right? And especially today, with our improved oral hygiene awareness and technologically advanced ways to fix damaged teeth, you might think extractions are becoming a thing of the past. Well, not so much. While it’s true that teeth are often able to be smoothed, filled in, covered, or otherwise repaired, sometimes removing the damaged tooth or teeth is the best option to restore the health of your mouth.
At our dental practice in Belleville, IL, Dr. Thomas J. Feder and Dr. Michael T. Smith are experts at removing teeth with minimal pain and discomfort. If you want your extraction to be in the best possible hands, call our office at (618) 219-1412 to schedule an appointment.
Do I Need an Extraction?
There are a number of reasons why you may be a candidate for an extraction. Of course, you will need a thorough examination by one of our dentists to determine whether removing the tooth is the correct course of action for you.
- Infection: if your tooth is so severely infected that it’s not treatable with antibiotics or a root canal, an extraction may be called for. If you have a compromised immune system due to disease, chemotherapy, or other reasons, even the potential for infection may warrant removal.
- Decay: extreme decay may necessitate an extraction.
- Crowding: sometimes there just isn’t enough room for all the teeth in your mouth, which can lead to all sorts of problems. In this case, an extraction may be the right answer.
- Accident: an accident may cause your tooth to be broken in a way that’s not repairable.
- Gum disease: if gum disease has progressed to the point that your teeth have come loose, they may have to be taken out.
- Wisdom teeth: these often become impacted, which can irritate the gums and cause pain and swelling. It’s common for them to be extracted in early adulthood. In most situations, we are able to remove wisdom teeth right in our office. If a case is more complicated, or requires heavier sedation, we may refer you out to a trusted colleague.
What Can I Expect During My Extraction?
It’s completely normal to be nervous about having a tooth removed. But we will do everything we can to make the process as smooth and pain-free as possible.
- First, we will conduct a thorough examination and may X-ray your mouth.
- If an extraction is in order, we numb the area around the tooth so that you won’t feel a thing. Sedation with nitrous oxide is also available for extra anxiety relief.
- Next, Dr. Feder or Dr. Smith will skillfully remove the problematic tooth or teeth.
- After the procedure, we will equip you with aftercare instructions and walk you through everything you need to know to ensure your gums heal quickly. We may prescribe painkillers, and will advise you to avoid smoking, drinking with a straw, and spitting for 24 hours. You may have to rest and take it easy for a day or two.
- While you can expect to feel some pain and discomfort post-procedure, if you experience signs of infection like fever, chills, nausea, or swelling, call us immediately.
- After the area is healed properly (generally in one to two weeks) we will discuss your tooth replacement options.
My Tooth Is Gone. Now What?
Don’t worry, you don’t have to live with a gap in your gums forever. How we decide to restore your smile depends on a variety of factors, including how many teeth were removed, budget, and personal preference. Here are some of your options:
- Dental implants are the gold standard and the closest approximation of your real teeth. They look like real teeth, feel like real teeth, and perform like real teeth. You will not have to worry about avoiding certain foods, or the dental implant slipping or falling out. And like real teeth, they help stabilize neighboring teeth and your entire mouth.
- A dental bridge is a great nonsurgical and natural-looking method for replacing a tooth. It is created with a false tooth supported by two dental crowns.
- Modern dentures are far superior to their predecessors. They look great, fit perfectly for maximum comfort, and function much better than dentures of the past. We offer both partial and full sets. Whichever type you get, it will be custom-made for your mouth. We can provide you with dentures that are fully removable, as well as dentures secured by dental implants for more stability.