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Tooth Extractions Chicago

Dental extractions may be necessary if your tooth is diseased, trauma or crowding.  During this procedure you will receive anesthetic or pain medicine to numb the are where the tooth is to be removed.

If the tooth is impacted, the dentist will cut away gum and bone tissue that cover the tooth and then, using forceps, grasp the tooth and gently rock it back and forth to loosen it from the jaw bone and ligaments that hold it in place. Sometimes, a tooth that is difficult to remove must be taken out in pieces.

Once the tooth has been extracted, a blood clot usually forms in the socket. The dentist will pack a gauze pad into the socket and get you to bite down on it to help stop the bleeding. Sometimes the dentist will place a few stitches usually self-dissolving — to close the gum edges over the extraction site.

Sometimes, the blood clot in the socket breaks loose, exposing the socket – causing a painful condition called dry socket. If this happens, your dentist will probably place a special dressing over the socket for a few days to protect it as a new clot forms.

After Care

  • Use ice packs to curb swelling
  • Drink plenty of Fluids
  • Eat Soft Foods
  • Take prescribed medication
  • Brush your Teeth Second day making sure not to brush clots
  • Don’t smoke
  • Don’t use straws
  • Dont Rinse to Harshly