Tooth Extractions at the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center

Tooth Extractions

At the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center, our experienced dentists can perform emergency and precautionary tooth extractions, to ease tooth pain and improve oral health.


Tooth extractions are not an every-day dental procedure, if your dentist has recommended a dental extraction, then there will be a very good reason. Thankfully, like many dental procedures, the process behind tooth extractions has benefited greatly from medical developments in recent years.

Today’s tooth extractions are much less painful and will be a great benefit to your oral health going forwards. The simple procedure could help to alleviate pain, improve the comfort of your smile, and help to stop a range of problems that could lead to much more concerning issues.

Tooth extractions at the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center in Chicago are very much a modern procedure, performed by professional, experienced dentists who know exactly how to make the procedure as comfortable and efficient as an extraction can be.

Worried that you have a tooth that needs extracting? Contact us today and book a professional consultation to discuss which treatment options are available for you at the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center in Chicago, IL – we’re always here to help!

The Reasons for Tooth Extraction

The decision to extract a tooth is never taken lightly. Your Beautiful Smiles dentist will talk with you about what treatments are available, and only if extraction is the best option for your health, will it be considered as an option.

The reasons tooth extraction may be considered vary considerably. In some cases, it’s advised as a precaution against infection, and in other cases it may be the best option for overcrowding. Here are some of the main reasons why the dentists at the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center in Chicago may advise tooth extraction:

  • Do Root Canal Treatments Always Work?

A very large percentage of root canal treatments are successful, and once the treatment has finished, the results can be expected to last for a very long time; root canal treatment will often last for up to 10 years but can potentially last forever. If the treatment is unsuccessful, then your Beautiful Smiles dentist will suggest alternative options, such as performing the procedure again or dental extraction, to help stop the infection causing further damage.

  • Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?

While root canal treatment is often thought of as a painful dental procedure, the pain that you’ll feel during the procedure is actually only very moderate. Root canal treatment is performed with anesthetic, so the pain experienced will likely be very similar to that of a standard dental filling.

  • Are There Any Possible Complications with Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment does come with some potential complications, some are avoidable, such as by taking good care of the treated area after the procedure, and some are not always so easy to avoid. It’s possible that the sealing may breakdown eventually and cause the infection to reoccur, and the bacteria may also be able to re-enter the inner tooth if the materials used during the restoration are defective.

Undetected cracks can also lead to bacteria re-entering the area and an excess of root canals can lead to problems resurfacing and the treatment being unsuccessful. Due to the severity of the potential complications, it’s very important to have root canal treatment preformed at a reputable practice by experienced professionals.

  • Extraction may be advised in cases where a tooth has been severely broken and there are no feasible options for repair.
  • If a tooth has suffered from severe decay, or there’s a great risk of infection, then extraction may be the only option.
  • When baby teeth don’t fall out as they’re supposed to, then extraction could be suggested to prevent future problems with overcrowding, and possible misalignment issues.
  • If orthodontic treatment is required, but there’s not enough space in the jaw due to an excess of teeth, then preparation for orthodontics may need to include extraction.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth often require extraction, and extraction may also be advised if there’s the potential of future problems with wisdom teeth.
  • If there’s an abscess around the teeth or gums, then extraction could be the best solution.
  • Where gum disease has severely affected a tooth, there’s the possibility that the tooth may need to be removed to prevent the spread of bacteria.

Even in situations where the damage to teeth is severe, there are often alternative solutions to tooth extraction. However, where tooth extraction is required, the procedure will be made as painless as possible by the dentists at the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center. If you have any concerns about the health of your teeth, then don’t let worries over the possibility of extraction stop you from contacting our friendly Chicago-based team.

How Serious Is Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extraction is a fairly serious dental procedure, as very often, the reason behind the extraction can be quite severe, or have the potential to cause serious problems. All tooth extractions should be performed by a professional, as there are a number of complications that could occur if the procedure is performed incorrectly.

Having a tooth removed can make chewing more difficult, cause serious dental health issues to arise, and lead to jaw problems, especially if the procedure isn’t followed up by professional treatment to replace the tooth (with the exception of wisdom teeth).

At the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center, our expert care covers a full consultation of the treatment options available to you, professional treatment during every procedure, and aftercare to make sure that tooth extraction doesn’t inhibit your ability to eat or cause problems in the future.

We can also provide a number of solutions for tooth replacement after recovery, including bridges and dental implants, both of which can restore function to your mouth and help to improve your oral health going forwards.

Will the Procedure be Painful?

Tooth extractions have a long history of association with pain, but dentistry has come so far that the fear of pain certainly shouldn’t put you off having a tooth extraction today. Tooth extractions are moderately painful, but perhaps not in the way that you might expect.

Prior to the extraction, there’ll be a number of injections that are designed to numb the area where the extraction will take place. The first one or two of these injections will be slightly painful, but afterwards the area will be so numb that you’re unlikely to feel anything but pressure during the tooth extraction.

Throughout the entire procedure, which can take as little as 3-5 minutes for each tooth, you’ll be constantly monitored to ensure the area stays numb. If feeling starts to return to the area, then more medication can be administered if necessary.

In the event of multiple tooth extractions, or extractions that are slightly more complicated, the procedure can be undertaken whilst you’re under a general anesthetic. Whilst under a general anesthetic, you won’t be able to feel any part of the procedure, but the recovery time is likely to be longer.

The Procedure for Tooth Extractions

Tooth extraction involves a relatively simple procedure that’s unlikely to take much more than 5 minutes per tooth, with a little extra time being required before the procedure for preparation and after the procedure to ensure that area is properly treated.

The start of the procedure will involve administering the numbing medication that’ll enable you to stay comfortable throughout the procedure. Then, the dentist will start trying to loosen the tooth from the socket. You’ll feel pressure as the tooth is rocked back and forth in the socket, but there won’t be any pain. After the tooth has been loosened, it’ll be pulled out.

After the extraction, you’ll be provided with padding to stop the bleeding, and one or two stitches may also be required to encourage healing. Once your dentist has provided you with advice on aftercare, you’ll be able to return home. In instances where a general anesthetic has been used during the procedure, your dentist will advise you to rest for a short while before having a friend or member of your family drive you home.

Sectioning a Tooth

Some teeth are not as ready to come out as others, and in these instances, sectioning is required to extract the tooth. This process is almost as simple as straightforward extraction, but the tooth is first cut into a number of sections, before each of the sections is removed.

After the sectioning, the rest of the procedure will continue in much the same way as a standard extraction, and you’ll be able to return home shortly after the procedure has finished.

Recovery After the Procedure

Depending on the complexity of the extraction, and whether you were under general anesthetic, recovery after the tooth extraction will change slightly. For standard extractions, the recovery time is just 24 hours, meaning that you should be able to resume your daily activities as normal the next day. For complicated extractions, recovery may take two or three days – it all depends on how you feel.

Immediately and in the hours following the procedure, you may find that there’s some bleeding, soreness and possibly swelling. As the area heals, blood clots will also start to form inside of the empty socket; this is a crucial part of the healing process, and in cases where the blood clot is disturbed or fails to form, a problem known as dry socket, recovery time may be slightly longer, and the experience can be painful.

Many people find that standard pain medication is enough to handle the discomfort during recovery, although in some instances, prescription pain medication may be required. Additional care, such as using an icepack to help reduce swelling, can also help with a more comfortable recovery after the procedure.

How to Care for Your Mouth After Extractions

The first 24 hours after the procedure and the days following are very important for recovery. There are a number of precautions that you should take at home to aid recovery, including:

  • Eating

Foods that require chewing are often advised against for 24 hours after a tooth extraction, as they could delay healing. After the 24 hours is up, chewable foods can be introduced slowly. It’s advised to chew the food on the opposite side of the mouth to where the tooth was extracted.

  • Drinking

Hot liquids and alcohol are best to avoid after a tooth extraction, at least for the first 24 hours. It’s also beneficial to recovery to avoid using straws for at least 24 hours, as the suction could cause problems.

  • Smoking

Smoking should be avoided for as long as possible after a tooth extraction. It’s best to avoid smoking for at least the remainder of the day after the tooth extraction.

  • Cleaning

You should steer clear of brushing the area around the extraction for the first day, and then brush carefully for the next few days. Commercial mouth washes should be avoided completely, but after 24 hours, a salt water mixture can be used to rinse the mouth; this can be made by dissolving ½-1 teaspoon of salt in a warm glass of water.

Before you leave after a tooth extraction, your dentist will make sure that you fully understand how to care for your mouth in the days following the procedure, and what you can expect during recovery.

If you have any concerns in the days following a tooth extraction, or if the socket hasn’t healed properly after 1-2 weeks, then please contact the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center for advice. Follow-up appointments are not always required after a dental extraction, but if you’re worried about the results of the procedure, then it’s best to consult a professional.

Worried About Tooth Extraction? Contact the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center

Tooth extractions may seem worrying or scary, but at the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center, you’re in safe hands with our team of experts. From professional consultations to put your mind at ease, to quality treatment from experts that you can rely on to get to the root cause of the problem, we always make sure that you get the best dental treatment in Chicago at the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center.

If you’re experiencing severe toothache, or you think that there’s a problem with your teeth, then it’s vital that you contact the friendly team at the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center without delay. Either call us directly or book an appointment online and get the treatment that you need to take care of the pain and restore your smile.

For professional family dental care, no matter your age, and a free consultation, you can call a member of our team today on (847) 249-5700. With ten years of experience in dental care, you can put your faith in us to make sure that your family is taken care of.

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