Is it time to visit your dentist, Robert Silvers, DMD at The Cosmetic and Implant Dental Center in Lincolnwood, IL, for a tooth extraction? If your teeth are overcrowded or badly damaged, it may be. Read on to get the facts you need to know about this common dental procedure.
Reasons to Extract a Tooth
While your Lincolnwood, IL dentist will do everything they can to help save your original teeth, there may be times when a tooth extraction is your best option. For example, if your teeth are severely overcrowded due to the addition of your wisdom teeth or your tooth is badly decayed beyond repair, a tooth extraction may be necessary.
Other reasons your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction include severe infection in the tooth, severe gum disease or a weakened immune system that makes a bad infection likely. Children may also need to have their baby teeth removed if they do not fall out on their own before the permanent teeth come in or if their teeth are overcrowded and they need the additional room for the permanent teeth to shift into alignment.
Tooth Extractions Don't Have to Be Painful
While the process of tooth extraction sounds painful, the good news is that it doesn't have to be. Your dentist will give you anesthesia before the procedure so you shouldn't feel it at all. After the procedure is over, the pain can generally be managed by an over-the-counter pain reliever taken according to the package directions.
Once your badly damaged tooth is removed or your overcrowded teeth are corrected, any pain you had previously should gradually disappear, leaving you feeling better than before.
While a tooth extraction is generally not painful, it does come with a risk of complications. These complications can include dry socket, infection, soreness, numbness, damage to nearby teeth, a hole in the sinuses or an incomplete extraction. Your Lincolnwood, IL dentist can and will take steps to reduce your risk of complication, but it is impossible to remove your risk altogether.
If infection or overcrowding has left you in need of having your tooth removed, call the dentist you can trust: Dr. Silvers at The Cosmetic and Implant Dental Center in Lincolnwood, IL. You'll be glad you did.