Tooth Extractions in Naperville, IL
Sometimes, tooth extraction is a necessary treatment when a tooth has been damaged beyond repair or for other reasons, such as overcrowding or poor positioning of the teeth. Drs. Blecha and Jandali focus on saving the natural teeth whenever possible, but there are times when the best treatment is to remove the tooth to avoid complications such as bone loss, infection, and pain.
If tooth extraction is the most appropriate treatment, then both extraction and tooth restoration should be discussed during your consultation. Other treatments might be required as well, such as a socket-prevent bone graft at the time of the extraction to avoid bone loss in the area. Depending on the circumstances, there are times when a dental implant post can be placed during the same appointment as well.
Tooth Extraction: What to Expect
Either local or IV anesthesia can be used for tooth extract. During the initial consultation, Drs. Blecha and Jandali will advise on the optimal anesthesia, depending on the positioning and size of the tooth. Once the anesthesia is used, you shouldn’t feel any pain during the tooth extraction. Most patients describe the sensation as pressure when the tooth is pulled.
Infection or swelling in the area might make it difficult to numb the area, so IV anesthesia might be recommended. Other people can’t tolerate local anesthesia or they feel more comfortable with IV sedation.
If the placement of an implant is in the treatment plan, then a socket preservation graft may or may not be recommended. The need for this additional treatment will be determined before the extraction so that both treatments can be completed in the same appointment.
Tooth Removal Recovery
When erupted teeth are extracted, the recovery time tends to be quick. Drs. Blecha and Jandali use modern equipment and specific techniques to reduce postoperative pain. But pain is a possibility, depending on the difficulty of the extraction, presence of infection, and your pain tolerance levels. Most patients find it helpful to use Tylenol or ibuprofen for a few days. It is common for patients to return to work or school within 1 to 2 days after the treatment. Overall pain tends to go away within 5–6 days after the extraction.
Pain levels can vary compared to other previous extractions. The longer the tooth was infected and painful before extraction, the longer the pain remains after tooth extraction, because the surrounding tissue and adjacent bone are also affected by the disease.
It is important to maintain excellent oral hygiene for two weeks after tooth removal surgery. Don’t chew on the extraction site for several weeks. Also, limit physical activity (such as exercise) until the pain subsides. If you find that certain daily activities amplify the pain, then it is best to avoid that activity until you have recovered from the extraction.
Before your tooth extraction, you will be provided with specific postoperative instructions. This information should be followed to minimize potential complications and ensure optimal healing.