When a tooth becomes damaged beyond repair, Dr. Ashok Jhanji may recommend a tooth extraction to ensure good oral health and function. Call Southwest Dental Center today at 708-425-4545 to schedule an appointment with our dentist and learn more about how tooth extractions in Hometown, Illinois, can improve the health of your smile.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

What Is Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extraction is a procedure to remove a troublesome tooth from the mouth. During this procedure, you may choose to have general anesthesia so you will not be awake. The two kinds of tooth extractions are simple and surgical.

During simple extractions, the dentist slowly loosens the tooth using a tool called an elevator and then removes it with a pair of forceps. For a surgical extraction, the gum is cut and then the tooth inside the gum can be removed or cut out.

What Are Some Reasons for Needing a Tooth Pulled?

One of the most common reasons for pulling a tooth is infection or risk of infection. If you do not practice good oral hygiene, your teeth can become decayed, and this damage can affect the inner pulp of the tooth. In order to prevent this infection from spreading to the rest of your body, it is often pulled.

Sometimes teeth become too crowded, pushing on each other and creating misalignment. Your dentist may decide to pull some of these teeth in order to prepare your mouth for orthodontic treatment.

Many people also have extra molars called wisdom teeth that emerge in their 20s. These teeth are often unwanted and are pulled because they cause overcrowding or irritation.

Other reasons for pulling a tooth include having extra teeth, still having baby teeth by the time your permanent teeth should be coming in, and people who are undergoing cancer or radiation treatments.

What Happens After Tooth Extraction?

For the first few days, you may experience mild pain and swelling, which can be decreased by taking anti-inflammatory drugs. Any wound in your mouth should stop bleeding and clot within 24 hours. It is important to keep the area clean by rinsing with warm salt water to prevent infection.