Extractions are usually considered a last resort, but if a tooth becomes irreparably damaged by trauma or tooth decay, an extraction is sometimes the best option for your overall oral health. Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr. Lorelei Grise, dentists at Suburban Family Dental, offer a range of general and emergency dental services for children and adults in Des Plaines, IL.
Tooth Extractions in Des Plaines, IL
In addition to cases of trauma or tooth decay, there are a few other situations commonly require tooth extractions:
- Decayed or impacted wisdom teeth
- Crowding/to make room for orthodontic treatment
- Primary (baby) teeth
- Severe cracks or fractures
How Do You Know if a Tooth Needs to Be Extracted?
If you are experiencing pain or signs of an infection, schedule an appointment to see the dentist as quickly as possible. A dental exam and X-ray are usually performed to determine the extent of damage. A dental exam will be necessary to evaluate your symptoms and determine the best form of treatment, but here are a few additional signs that you may need to have a tooth extracted:
- Pain and stiffness in the jaw
- Intense pain when biting or chewing food
- Red and swollen gums around the tooth
- Loose tooth
- Advanced gum disease (periodontitis)
Types of Extractions
There are two types of extractions: simple and surgical. A simple extraction is typically the first course of action, assuming that there is enough tooth structure to hold with forceps, in which case the tooth is simply removed without an incision. A surgical extraction is necessary when a tooth is impacted (trapped below the gum and unable to erupt properly), or if the tooth breaks at the crown and an incision is needed to remove the root. In some cases, a tooth may break or fracture during a simple extraction, making a surgical extraction necessary.
Dentist in Des Plaines, IL
For more information about emergency dentistry services and how to keep your teeth and gums healthy, contact Suburban Family Dental by calling (847) 640-0778 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dziubyk or Dr. Grise today.