If you severely damage a tooth or develop a deep cavity, tooth extractions can prevent further complications and restore your smile. At Dr. Robert Davidson, DDS, PC, experienced dentist Bob Davidson, DDS, PC, uses special tools and years of training to make tooth extractions quick and virtually pain-free. To make an appointment at the practice in Elburn, Illinois, call the office to speak with a caring staff member or click the online booking tool today.
A tooth extraction is an outpatient procedure that removes one or more permanent teeth. The most common type of extraction is wisdom teeth removal, but you might also benefit if your teeth are crowded, decaying, or infected.
Thanks to modern tools and anesthetics, extractions require very little downtime. Following treatment, you can return to work, school, and other routine activities within 48 hours.
Before recommending extractions, Dr. Davidson conducts an oral exam and asks about your symptoms, including when they started, their severity, and if any activities like biting or chewing make them worse. Afterward, he takes X-rays to assess the position and condition of your teeth.
During your consultation, let Dr. Davidson know if you have a chronic health problem like kidney disease or a congenital heart defect. These issues can increase the risk of complications, so it’s important they’re stable before moving forward.
Dr. Davidson offers several types of tooth extractions, including:
If your tooth is easy to access and above the gum line, Dr. Davidson performs a simple extraction. After numbing your mouth with a local anesthetic, he gently loosens your tooth and removes it.
If your tooth is below the gum line and impacted, Dr. Davidson performs a surgical extraction. After numbing your mouth, he makes a small incision over the tooth. Then, Dr. Davidson separates it into multiple pieces and removes them one by one. Afterward, he fills the socket with clean gauze.
Following tooth extractions, you’ll experience some mild swelling, increased tooth sensitivity, and discomfort. To speed up your body’s recovery process, avoid biting down on the socket, brush and floss more gently than usual, and eat only soft foods.
If you experience pain, take an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen or apply a bag of ice to your cheek. Avoid drinking from a straw for at least a week to avoid a painful dry socket.
The easiest way to prevent the need for tooth extractions is to practice good oral hygiene. Dr. Davidson recommends brushing and flossing twice daily and visiting the practice every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
To protect your teeth from accidents or injuries, wear a mouthguard when participating in physically demanding activities. In addition, try to avoid bad habits like biting your nails and opening packaging with your teeth.
To explore tooth extractions, make an appointment at the practice of Dr. Bob Davidson, DDS, P.C. by calling the office to speak with a caring staff member or by clicking the online booking tool today.