About Tooth Extractions
Our team works diligently with patients to provide the most gentle and effective dental treatments. If incoming wisdom teeth are placing your smile at risk of misalignment, or if a decayed tooth cannot be saved, we guide patients through a safe and gentle process to carefully remove a problematic tooth and support a healthier smile overall. To learn more about tooth extraction in Lombard, schedule your appointment with us by calling (630) 916-0701. We look forward to supporting your health and wellness as your local dentist in Lombard!
Do I Need A Tooth Pulled?
We will work with you to provide the best dental care possible in preventive and conservative dentistry, carefully assessing your dental health and reviewing your medical history before recommending any treatment. When a root canal, dental crown or other restorative dental treatment is not enough to save a decayed or injured tooth, tooth extraction may be necessary. The following are the most common reasons for needing a tooth extraction:
- Crowded smile or poorly positioned wisdom teeth
- Significant tooth decay or damage due to dental injury or neglect
- Risks of infection or inflammation from an infected tooth root or bacteria
- Loosened tooth from decay such as periodontal disease or gum disease
Single Tooth And Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Modern dental technology has allowed tooth extractions to become a gentle and effective treatment for patients with a crowded smile, where there is not enough room in the jaw to support the teeth, or where one or more teeth have suffered from significant damage or decay. Dr. Brett Blacher is dedicated to making every experience at the dentist feel positive and supportive. When you need one or more teeth removed, he will guide you through comfortable and effective treatment using comfortable sedation dentistry for a painless experience throughout the process.
What To Expect From Tooth Extraction in Lombard
Tooth removal, such as wisdom tooth extraction, may seem intimidating at first but is a relatively common treatment for patients of various ages and backgrounds. If you have decided with Dr. Blacher that tooth extraction is right for you, the appointment begins by administering a calming anesthesia to promote gentle relaxation. Using specialized forceps, Dr. Blacher will carefully grasp the tooth and gently move it back and forth to loosen the tooth for easy removal. If the tooth is impacted (where it rests below the gum tissue) or has to be removed in pieces, a surgical extraction may be required to carefully remove the tooth. The affected area can be sealed using a couple dissolvable stitches.
After Tooth Extraction
As your family dentist in Lombard, Dr. Blacher believes in building positive memories at every appointment, where patients can live comfortably before, during and even after treatment. To support fast and comfortable healing, it is recommended to follow a few at-home tips for your care and comfort:
- Do not rinse your mouth for at least 24 hours and avoid smoking or rigorous activity
- Do not engage in rigorous activity, spit forcefully or drink through a straw
- Slowly introduce soft foods and gently rinse with warm salt water after meals and before bed
- If swelling is present, apply a cold pack to the outside of the cheek and sleep with numerous pillows under the head for added support.
Do My Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Extracted?
It’s not always necessary to have your wisdom teeth extracted. The wisdom teeth are a natural part of our bodies, and if they grow into your mouth properly, there’s no need to pull them. Because of this, some patients are able to keep their wisdom teeth with no issues.
However, if your wisdom teeth are not erupting properly because you don’t have enough space in your mouth, they’re growing into your mouth sideways, or are causing other serious oral health complications, it’s usually best to extract them to provide you with relief from your pain and discomfort.
There are a few different signs that your wisdom teeth may not be growing into your mouth properly. First, you may notice swelling, tenderness, and inflammation in the rear of your mouth near your erupting wisdom teeth, accompanied by mouth and jaw pain, as well as jaw stiffness.
Bad breath (halitosis) or a nasty taste in your mouth may also indicate that the wisdom tooth or the area around it has become infected, which is a serious problem. Other signs to look out for include pain and tenderness when chewing or eating.
If you notice any of these issues, your wisdom teeth may need to be pulled. Contact the office of Brett Blacher, DDS right away to schedule an appointment and get the help you need from our expert dental team.
Does It Hurt To Have My Wisdom Teeth Pulled?
The process of extracting your wisdom teeth will not cause you any pain or discomfort at all. We use the latest tools and techniques to minimize invasiveness while removing your wisdom teeth. In addition to this, the nerves in your mouth near your extraction site will be numbed with our needle-free UltraCare gel to ensure that you don’t feel any pain.
We also offer sedation dentistry at the office of Brett Blacher, DDS. You can take a pill before your appointment that will make you feel relaxed and less anxious. You may even fall asleep during your treatment, or forget most of what happens during your treatment.
However, while you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during your treatment at our office, it’s normal to feel some pain while you begin to recover. This should peak and begin to subside within a few days of your treatment.
How Long Will It Take To Recover After Treatment?
It usually takes up to 2 weeks to recover after your wisdom tooth extraction. For the first few days after your treatment, you may experience some pain and discomfort, as well as other symptoms like bleeding, facial swelling and bruising, and jaw stiffness.
Right after your treatment, Dr. Blacher will give you a list of instructions to follow to make sure your mouth heals properly. You’ll need to do things like relax and avoid heavy exertion for several days, avoid forceful spitting or the use of straws, and eat a diet of mostly soft foods.
Within about a week, you should be able to brush your teeth normally, and you can start incorporating your normal foods into your diet. You also should not feel a lot of pain or discomfort. By 2 weeks after your extraction, your extraction site should be fully healed. At this time, you may come into the office of Brett Blacher DDS for a follow-up so that Dr. Blacher can check on your progress and make sure that your mouth is fully healed.
If you have any questions about your dental health or want to schedule an appointment for tooth extraction with Dr. Blacher, call our office at (630) 916-0701. We look forward to improving your health and comfort by offering a full range of services for your unique dental needs.
“We provide the most conservative treatments possible to fix your dental problem and provide the best long term solution for your dental health and smile.”
At Brett Blacher DDS, dentistry isn’t just about repairing teeth--it’s about improving the long term health of every patient through care that is personal to each client. We talk to each patient as a person first, understanding their specific needs and helping them achieve a level of health they never thought was possible before, so they can enjoy their smiles for years to come with a dentist they can trust.