Tooth Extractions in Belvidere, IL

Tooth extractions are the removal of a decayed tooth that is irreparable through other dental methods. It is one of the oldest dental treatments in dental history and has evolved a lot thanks to advances in modern dentistry.

Reasons for Tooth Extraction

Although permanent teeth are meant to stay for a lifetime, there can be various reasons for tooth extraction. One of the major reasons is severe tooth decay, which is first assessed by your Belvidere, IL dentist, Dr. Brechon, to see if it can be treated through other dental methods. If not, tooth extraction is the last resort. Other reasons for tooth extraction include:

  • Crowded Mouth
  • Infection or Risk of Infection
  • Fractured Tooth
  • Abnormal Growth of Tooth
  • Wisdom Tooth Pain/Impaction

Simple & Surgical Tooth Extraction Procedure

The preliminary step for a tooth extraction is to perform an examination and take x-rays to plan the best way to execute the extraction procedure. On the day of the tooth extraction procedure, anesthesia is given to the patient beforehand to eliminate pain and discomfort during the extraction treatment.

There are two types of methods to perform a tooth extraction: simple extraction and surgical extraction. The type of procedure that is performed will depend on the condition of the tooth that needs to be extracted.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

As the part of the aftercare treatment, we may ask you to follow the following instructions:

  • Rest for at least 2-3 days after surgery.
  • Take pain relievers as prescribed (i.e. ibuprofen, Advil) if the pain does not subside.
  • Maintain a liquid diet to avoid any kind of force or pressure on the healing area.
  • Put icepacks on your face to reduce swelling. If your jaw is sore after the swelling, you can try a warm compress. You can also eat soft ice-cream to relieve the soreness.
  • Practice a gentle rinse with warm salt water 24-48 hours after the procedure to keep the area clean.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least a week after the extraction surgery.

Dr. Brechon and our team will make sure that you remain comfortable and pain-free throughout the entire extraction process. If you’re experiencing chronic pain in a tooth, or feel that you may be in need a tooth extraction, book an appointment with our Belvidere, IL office for a consultation today!