Tooth Extractions – Mount Prospect, IL

Removing Teeth That are Damaged Beyond Repair

At Epic Periodontics & Implant Center, we understand that there’s no replacement that can quite compare to your natural teeth, which is why we never suggest tooth extractions in Mount Prospect unless a tooth is damaged beyond repair. However, if you find yourself in this situation, it’s not all bad. Dr. Khan offers lifelike prosthetics anchored to your mouth with dental implants, allowing your replacement teeth to look and feel completely natural.

Why Choose Epic Periodontics & Implant Center for Tooth Extractions?

  • Start-to-Finish Dental Implant Treatment
  • Highly Credentialed Periodontist with Decades of Experience
  • In-House Discount Plan Available

Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary

Dental patient holding her cheek in pain before tooth extractions in Mount Prospect

In most cases, tooth extractions are our last line of defense against advanced common oral health problems, like infections and tooth decay. We’ll examine your mouth thoroughly and determine whether a filling, root canal, or dental crown will repair the damage. If not, we’ll likely suggest extracting the affected tooth. Here are common situations in which we may recommend this treatment:

  • Significant decay that has left little salvageable dental structure
  • Extensive gum disease
  • Severely cracked or broken tooth
  • Making room for successful orthodontic treatment
  • Severe dental infection that has progressed to the roots

The Process of Removing a Tooth

Dental forceps holding an extracted tooth
  1. First, our team will capture diagnostic imaging, like X-rays of your affected tooth, as well as conduct a thorough examination of your mouth. This will help us determine the extent of the damage, source of your pain, or why you’re experiencing any other symptoms.
  2. Based on our findings during your examination, Dr. Khan will determine whether a simple or surgical tooth extraction is necessary. Simple extractions can be used to remove easily visible teeth, while surgical ones are for teeth that are located below the gumline.
  3. If you require a simple extraction, Dr. Khan will gently rock the affected tooth free of its connective tissues, allowing her to then elevate it out of the mouth. For a surgical extraction, a simple incision will need to be made in the gumline in order to remove it.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Dental mirror and model of tooth on desk

After your treatment, our team will give you detailed aftercare instructions to help you make a speedy recovery. Typically, we recommend that our patients relax for between 48 and 72 hours, minimizing physical activity and allowing the treatment area to clot. After that time, you’re able to return back to your normal routines. We also recommend following some of these helpful aftercare tips:

  • Keep your extraction site clean by gently rinsing your mouth with antimicrobial mouthwash two to three times each day. Avoid brushing directly over your extraction site, because this could dislodge the blood clot.
  • Take all of your medications as directed by Dr. Khan.
  • Avoid drinking from a straw, as well as hard and crunchy foods for the first few days.
  • If your pain doesn’t subside with time, or you notice that your pain is getting worse instead of better, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

Wisdom Tooth Extractions

Dental x ray with impacted wisdom tooth highlighted red

Wisdom teeth typically grow in around the ages of 16 to 24, and are the furthest molars located in the back of your mouth. While some people may have all four of their wisdom teeth, others may only have three, two, one, or even none of theirs—it all depends on your unique development and genes. Typically, we recommend these third molars get extracted for preventive reasons, because many people don’t have enough room in their mouth to accommodate them, leading to higher risks of decay, infection, and orthodontic issues down the road.

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