Dr. Neeraj Khanna performs most tooth extractions in the convenience of our Geneva, IL dental office. When necessary, we refer patients to an oral surgeon or periodontist for tooth extractions. There are a number of reasons for a tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common types of tooth extractions, other reasons might include teeth that are broken, severely damaged, or affected by decay or disease.
Dr. Khanna is a highly trained restorative and cosmetic dentist and will recommend natural-looking replacement options for the missing tooth.
Tooth Pain & Tooth Extractions
When you are suffering from tooth pain, it is easy to think that a tooth extraction would be the best solution. In many cases, though, it is best to preserve the natural tooth either through a root canal procedure or other treatment method.
When discussing a tooth extraction, Dr. Khanna will also explain your replacement options. Once a tooth is lost, the bone begins to deteriorate and the gum is exposed to more bacteria, increasing risk for gum disease. The remaining teeth will also begin to shift and move once a tooth is extracted, causing potential problems with the fit of the bite and TMJ function. For this reason, it is important to replace the missing tooth as soon as possible either with a dental bridge, dental implant or other restoration.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
The wisdom teeth, known as the third molars, typically emerge during the late teen-age years to early twenties. These teeth often lack the space they need and are therefore removed to prevent them from becoming impacted or causing damage to the other teeth.
Dr. Khanna performs most wisdom teeth removal procedures in our Geneva dental office with the aid of sedation dentistry. Patients will be fully relaxed and comfortable, yet conscious throughout the entire procedure.
Tooth Extraction Overview
A tooth extraction is a fairly simple procedure. First, the dentist will numb the area to minimize discomfort. After the tooth is extracted, the socket will be packed with gauze. In most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal. The gauze should remain in the socket for about 30 minutes to an hour.
Please note, if you experience nausea, vomiting, or heavy bleeding, contact our office immediately.
To promote proper healing, avoid smoking, rinsing, or drinking through a straw for at least 24 hours. These activities can dislodge the clot, delay healing, and lead to dry socket. A cold cloth or ice bag may help with any pain or swelling. Pain medication will be prescribed by your dentist if needed. It is important to continue to brush and floss normally, however, taking care to avoid the teeth next to the tooth socket.
What Is Dry Socket?
Dry socket is a condition that sometimes develops after a tooth is extracted. To avoid dry socket, you should refrain from smoking, drinking through a straw, or vigorous rinsing for at least 24 hours.
Dry socket can be painful and delay healing times. If you are experiencing dry socket or pain at the extraction site, contact our office as soon as possible.