Tooth Extractions in Chicago, IL
Safe and Painless Tooth Removal
At Specialty Smiles, we’re dedicated to delivering premier oral health treatments to preserve your natural teeth. However, sometimes a tooth extraction is the best option to restore your dental health.
With years of experience in dentistry, Dr. Konstantin Gromov provides the utmost care for all tooth extraction procedures, ensuring a quick and painless process to get your health back on track.
Reasons for Tooth Extractions
We strive to preserve natural teeth whenever possible, but sometimes removing a tooth is the best option for the patient. Tooth extraction may be necessary for patients suffering from:
- Advanced Gum Disease: This disease erodes gum tissue, ligaments, and the bone that supports teeth. Teeth then become deteriorated and may fall out. Extraction may be performed to remove impacted teeth.
- Overcrowded Teeth: If a patient’s teeth are severely overcrowded, extraction may be recommended to create room for their teeth to be brought into proper alignment.
- Large Tooth Fractures: If a tooth is fractured to the root, an extraction may be performed to remove it.
- Tooth Decay: This is the most common reason for tooth removal. A tooth with cavities extending into the tooth’s center will most likely be extracted if root canal therapy is unfeasible or ineffective.
- Risk Of Infection: If a certain tooth is at high risk for an infection, removing the tooth may be the best way to prevent further complications.
Types of Tooth Extractions
No matter the reason for extraction, our experienced Chicago dental team will make sure the procedure is as stress-free as possible. Types of tooth extractions we offer include:
Also known as general extractions, this is the most common extraction procedure. Patients will undergo this treatment for visible teeth that have breached the gums.
A local anesthetic will be applied to the affected tooth and the surrounding area for a pain-free experience. Dr. Gromov will then carefully remove the tooth, applying stitches and gauze afterward to begin the healing process.
After this extraction, recovery time can take between 48 and 72 hours. You may need to manage any discomfort with pain relievers and cold compresses.
Surgical extractions are more complex than simple extractions. This procedure removes teeth that have not yet erupted through the gums. You may need this procedure if you have:
- Teeth that need to be removed for certain oral procedures
- More than the normal number of teeth (28)
Dr. Gromov will administer a local anesthetic so you won’t feel any pain. Then, he’ll carefully make a small incision into your gums to access the affected tooth before gently removing it. Afterward, he’ll stitch the gums up and apply plenty of gauze to the area.
This type of extraction may require a longer healing time of about 72 hours. Pain medication and cold compresses can be used to alleviate any discomfort after the procedure.
Possible Post-Extraction Complications
It’s normal to experience mild swelling, bleeding, and discomfort following an extraction. These symptoms should all fade within a few days. However, if these symptoms persist, it could be a sign of an infection or other complications. Contact Specialty Smiles at (312) 878-1508 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Possible complications you may experience include:
- Infections: With an infection can come swelling, pain, or a persistent fever. You might experience flu-like symptoms or notice discharge around the surgical site. Dr. Gromov will clean the site thoroughly and prescribe antibiotics to fight the infection.
- Nerve Injuries: While rare, injury to your nerves is possible during oral surgery. It may result in a sensitive or numb feeling around the gums, teeth, and lips. This damage is temporary, however, and could clear up in as little as six months.
- Dry Socket: These are the most common type of post-extraction complications. It occurs when a blood clot formed on the surgical site becomes prematurely dislodged, leaving your nerves and jawbone vulnerable to air and food particles. Dry sockets can be very painful and increase the risk of an infection. Immediate care is crucial to prevent bacteria from taking hold.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many patients believe that tooth extractions are a painful process. However, this procedure should be virtually painless. Our team at Specialty Smiles will thoroughly numb the targeted tooth and the surrounding area before extraction to ensure you won’t feel a thing.
Avoiding tooth extractions due to fear of pain could lead to further complications. We’ll be sure to make this process as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
You may experience some mild discomfort after the extraction, but this is completely normal. The pain will be minimal and easy to manage with over-the-counter pain medications and the application of a cold compress.
You can usually eat right after an extraction. Be sure to only eat soft foods for the first 48 hours to ensure proper healing. This includes food such as:
- Scrambled eggs
- Mashed potatoes
Spicy, crunchy, hot, or chewy foods could irritate your healing gums and may lead to other complications. As you gradually heal, you can begin to incorporate these foods back into your diet.
Tooth extractions are relatively quick procedures that can be performed in as little as one appointment. If you require multiple extractions, you’ll most likely need to have these done over the course of several visits to our Chicago office.
The length of your procedure will depend on the type and number of extractions you need. For a more detailed time estimate, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Gromov. He’ll help create a customized treatment plan for your individual needs that includes an approximate treatment timeline.
Learn More About Tooth Extractions at Specialty Smiles
No one likes hearing they may need a tooth extracted, but every patient is in good hands at Specialty Smiles. Dr. Gromov will ensure the extraction procedure is quick and painless.
Discover how you can undergo a stress-free tooth extraction by contacting our Chicago dental practice at (312) 878-1508 or filling out our online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.