Dentist in Naperville, IL
Third molars, or wisdom teeth, are the last set of permanent molars to emerge. These teeth are also likely to require extraction due to one of many potential complications. Other teeth may require extraction if they cannot be saved by root canal therapy or other treatment. Some of the common reasons to have teeth extracted include:
- Impacted tooth – tooth is trapped beneath bone or gums and not emerging properly
- Crowding or small mouth – emerging teeth may cause other teeth to shift or crack due to lack of space
- Decay or infection – when a tooth is affected by extreme decay or infection that cannot be corrected with filling or root canal treatment, it may require extraction
If any of these issues apply to you, Dr. Reen, our Naperville dentist, may recommend extraction to alleviate the symptoms.
You will need to be driven home by a friend or family member after the extraction. Be sure to rest and lie with your head propped up on a pillow. This will slow the bleeding and allow your mouth to begin the healing process.
In the office, we will apply gauze after the extraction to stop the bleeding. Change it frequently to avoid infection. Medications and ice packs can help reduce pain and swelling. If the bleeding continues or the swelling does not go down beyond 24 hours, contact us immediately.
Limit your diet to soft foods for several days, and avoid smoking or using a straw. The pressures on your teeth and gums created by these actions can slow clotting and loosen sutures.
For more information or an extraction consultation, contact Caps and Crowns Dental today.