Pro Dental Care
General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry
located in South Elgin, IL & Sleepy Hollow, IL
Having a tooth pulled can be stressful, but the team at Pro Dental Care make every effort to create a comfortable environment and ease any anxiety concerning your procedure. Dr. Rick Brar and Dr. Keith Bram are well versed in the latest tooth extraction techniques and have decades of experience to put to use serving residents of South Elgin and Sleepy Hollow, Illinois. If you would like to learn more about tooth extraction options, schedule a visit online or by phone today.
Tooth Extraction Q & A
What is tooth extraction?
Tooth extraction is a dental procedure to remove one or more of your natural teeth. There are many different reasons to pursue tooth extraction. The team at Pro Dental Care takes a very conservative approach to this issue, preferring to save teeth rather than pull them. However, there are circumstances in which extraction is the best available treatment path.
Some reasons to pursue tooth extraction include:
- Crowding that impedes orthodontic care
- Infection that cannot be controlled or corrected with a root canal
- Severe decay
- Significant trauma, including fracture
- Advanced periodontal disease
Your Pro Dental Care dentist will explore all other options before extracting a tooth and will advise you on the pros and cons of each treatment path.
What happens during tooth extraction?
The process begins with a local anesthetic to help you remain comfortable during the procedure. If you have dental anxiety, be sure to discuss sedation dentistry options prior to your appointment.
Once the area is numb, a special tool called forceps secures the tooth. If it is an impacted tooth, then a small portion of your gum tissue must be opened to gain access to the tooth.
Next, the tooth is gently manipulated in a back and forth motion to loosen its connection in your bone and remove it. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove the tooth in small pieces rather than as a whole.
Once tooth removal is complete, a blood clot forms in the socket. A gauze pad helps control any bleeding and protects the area. You may need a few stitches to keep the gums closed over the extraction site.
What is bone grafting?
Bone grafting is the process of transplanting bone tissue from one site to another. If you have a tooth extracted, having a bone graft performed at the same time builds up the bone tissue beneath the extraction.
That increases the chance of a successful dental implant placement at a later time. The Pro Dental Care dentists are experienced in bone grafting procedures, and can evaluate your existing bone structure and advise you on the need for bone grafting.
If you have questions or concerns about tooth extraction, schedule a visit with Pro Dental Care today. You can set up a visit online or by speaking with a member of the administrative staff.