Tooth Extractions in Chicago
Oral Surgery and Tooth RemovalYou and your doctor may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed. Others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment. Most extractions can be carried out right in our office, with one of our specialists.
The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.
To avoid these complications, in most cases, our doctors will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.
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After Tooth Extraction
After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times to staunch the flow of blood.
After the blood clot forms, it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol, or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
Use pain medication as directed. Call our office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.
It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.
After a few days, you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.
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I came to this office to get my wisdom teeth removed and let me just say Dr. Jacobs is amazing! This was my first time seeing him, and honestly I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Jacobs and his assistant Connie. I was very nervous when I came in and the Dr. and his assistant were the most caring professionals that I’ve ever visited. The wisdom tooth procedure itself went perfect! The day after I honestly had such minimal discomfort it was hard to believe I had teeth removed. One big thing I want to mention is the doctor went above and beyond to help me and even gave me his professional opinion for a procedure which had nothing to do with him. I previously saw a specialist who suggested I get a root canal for a abscessed tooth I had but he seemed unsure if the infection would return. And because my tooth didn’t have any decay or cracking I was very hesitant to get the procedure. When I came to Dr. Jacobs for my wisdom tooth removal I asked him his opinion on the tooth that needed a root canal, and he took the time to bring up my X-rays and show why he thinks I established the abscess in the first place and really made me feel like the root canal was the best option for me. Now mind you I was seeing Dr. Jacobs for a wisdom tooth which had nothing to do with the root canal I needed, and he took his time to explain everything to me even though it had nothing to do with him. This is the first review I have ever done for anything and I just wanted to bring attention to him because he’s honestly a very talented doctor and it was a great experience all around.
- Steven S