Tooth Extraction

New Family Dental

General Dentists located in Arlington Heights, IL

A tooth is never something you want to lose, but if you have a tooth that’s severely damaged or decayed, an extraction may be the best option. The team of highly skilled general dentists at New Family Dental provide gentle tooth extractions in Arlington Heights, Illinois. If you know you need a tooth extraction, schedule an evaluation through the website or call the clinic to speak with a team member.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

Why do I need a tooth extraction?

You only have so many teeth, and once they’re gone, they’re gone for good (except baby teeth, of course). So pulling a tooth is generally the absolute last resort if you have an issue that’s beyond repairable. Your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction if you have a tooth that is:

  • Infected (abscess)
  • Overly sensitive or painful
  • Severely broken or cracked

An extraction is sometimes necessary if a root canal fails and your tooth has too much damage for retreatment. It’s also sometimes important to have your wisdom teeth pulled. 

Your wisdom teeth are your very last molars, sometimes called your third molars. It’s common to grow in all four, or just one, two, or three of your wisdom teeth. 

Dentists often recommend removing wisdom teeth if you’re at risk of crowding, especially if your wisdom teeth are likely going to — or already do — push your teeth out of proper alignment. 

What happens during a tooth extraction?

Going through a tooth extraction is often an overwhelming and stressful time. But the compassionate team at New Family Dental do as much as they can to ensure your tooth extraction is as comfortable and painless as possible. 

During your tooth extraction, you get to lie back and relax. You can even put in earbuds if it helps put you at ease. Your dentist begins by numbing your gums thoroughly, so aside from some pressure and tugging, you shouldn’t feel discomfort.

The next step involves rocking your tooth back and forth with specialized dental tools to help loosen the tooth. Your dentist may also need to cut into surrounding tissues during this process. 

Once your tooth is out, your dentist cleans the socket and may place stitches. You may have to bite down on gauze for a few minutes to help with blood clotting, but during this time, your dentist talks with you about how to care for your surgical site at home to promote healing and prevent infection and dry socket. 

How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?

Having a tooth extracted can lead to some pain and swelling for several days. The dentists at New Family Dental generally encourage you to take it easy for at least a day or two. You may need a course of antibiotics if you had an abscess or severe infection.

Usually, it’s recommended to come back to the clinic about 7-10 days after your tooth extraction to remove stitches (if applicable) and ensure you’re healing properly. Depending on how quickly you heal, it can take up to two to four weeks to fully recover. 

If you’re getting a dental implant to replace your lost tooth, you may need to wait about three to six months to allow gum tissues and bone to heal. Or if you’re getting a bridge to replace the lost tooth, you may need to wait a few weeks for the surgical site to heal. 

You can receive comfortable tooth extraction services at New Family Dental. Find out more by booking a dental exam online or over the phone today.