Modern, Skilled Treatments for Tooth Extractions in Mundelein, IL

At Meadows Family Dentistry, our philosophy is to preserve the natural teeth whenever possible. With minimally-invasive services, we can often treat cavities and other dental issues without the need for dental extractions.

But if a tooth is severely damaged, tooth removal might be necessary. We’ll talk to you about this treatment option, as well as a variety of restorations that can be used to fill in the space after the tooth is gone.

Tooth extraction concept with an array of stainless steel dental tools and a mask with the extracted tooth clasped in the pincers and reflected in the mirror

Examples: When Tooth Removal Is Necessary

Why might a dentist recommend tooth extractions? There are certain situations when it’s better to take the tooth out of the mouth, such as:

  • Orthodontics: Sometimes, teeth need to be removed to make space for orthodontic work. This treatment provides long-term benefits because you will enjoy a beautifully aligned smile for the rest of your life.
  • Trauma: When a tooth is damaged beyond repair, then removal is necessary for the remaining structure of the tooth. Trauma can occur because of an accident or impact. Or, sometimes, a crack or chip happens because the tooth is already weakened.
  • Infection: Severe decay or infection within the tooth not only affects your overall health, but this infection can spread to other parts of your mouth. If the condition is so severe that a root canal is no longer an option, the dentist might recommend tooth removal.
  • Permanent Teeth: There are times when dental extractions are recommended for children. If the baby teeth are blocking the permanent teeth from growing in, then tooth removal can create the space that is needed for the healthy growth of the permanent teeth.

At Meadows Family Dentistry, we always consider tooth removal to be the last resort for dental treatments. However, if other treatments are no longer available because of the severity of the dental problems, then the dentist might recommend an extraction.

What to Expect During Tooth Extractions

The good news is that advancements in technology and medications mean that you will feel minimal pain and discomfort during the appointment. In addition, dental extractions are common and safe. First, we numb the local area, then carefully pull the tooth out of the socket.

You will need to bite on the gauze after the treatment to stop the bleeding and promote the formation of a clot. It’s essential to follow all recovery and care recommendations learned at the appointment to speed up the healing process and prevent complications.

Our team at Meadows Family Dentistry is here to answer your questions if you need more information about dental extractions and other treatments. Reach out to us to schedule an appointment at your convenience.

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