Tooth Extractions in St. Charles
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A tooth extraction is the procedure commonly known as "pulling a tooth." Although the teeth that come in after we lose our set of baby teeth are meant to last a lifetime, this is not always the case. In fact, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be necessary. Our family dental practice is prepared to perform tooth extractions for any patient, regardless of why they need the procedure in the first place.
Reasons for a tooth extraction may include, but are not limited to:
- The mouth is too crowded: In order to properly align the teeth, or for a tooth to break through the gum, a tooth or teeth may need to be removed to make room in the mouth.
- Infection: If tooth decay or damage reaches all the way to the pulp (the center of the tooth that contains the nerves and blood vessels), bacteria can enter and cause infection. Extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection.
- Risk of infection: If your immune system is compromised, the risk of infection may be enough cause to pull the tooth.
- Periodontal (gum) disease: If this infection of the tissues and bones that surround the teeth have caused loosening of the teeth, it may be necessary to remove the tooth/teeth.
What is the tooth extraction process like?
The dentist will start by numbing the area around the tooth using a local anesthetic. If the tooth is impacted or requires a more complex extraction, they may need to make an incision to access the tooth. The dentist will then gently loosen the tooth using specialized tools and remove it. Once the tooth is extracted, the area may be stitched if necessary.
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
The recovery time can vary depending on the complexity of the extraction and individual healing abilities. Generally, it takes about a week to ten days for the extraction site to heal fully. During this time, it is important to follow post-operative instructions provided by your dentist, such as avoiding strenuous activities, eating soft foods, and practicing proper oral hygiene.
We'll Ensure Your Procedure Is as Painless as Possible
If you are having one tooth removed, you will be given an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the area surrounding the tooth to be pulled. When this is the case, you can relax and enjoy a movie of your choice while we complete your procedure. If your procedure involves more than one tooth being pulled or if your tooth is impacted, you may need a strong general anesthetic. This will prevent you from feeling pain and allow you to sleep during the procedure.
There is no need to be afraid if you need a tooth extraction. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, we know exactly what it takes to provide our patients with a comfortable environment while ensuring their procedure goes as smoothly as possible.