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Tooth Extractions in Bloomington, IL

Teeth are designed to last for the duration of your life, but sometimes it becomes necessary to remove one or more due to disease or trauma. When your dentist pulls a tooth, the procedure is called a tooth extraction.

Why Do People Need Teeth Extractions?

Getting a tooth pulled is not something anyone wants to experience, but severe infection of a tooth’s pulp or extensive gum disease that loosens teeth can make dental extraction necessary. Tooth removal may also be needed if you have a weak immune system and can’t fight off a dental infection. If you need to have an organ transplant, it may be necessary to remove diseased teeth beforehand. Healthy teeth are sometimes pulled during orthodontic treatment to correct severe crowding. Surgical tooth extraction by an oral surgeon may be needed if your tooth is impacted within your jaw or the extraction process will be complicated. If you need to have a tooth extraction in Bloomington, our experienced dentists can help you explore various types of restoration options such as dentures, bridges and implants.

Getting a Tooth Pulled: How It Works

Here is a quick guide to the simple extraction process.

  • First, you’ll receive an injection of local anesthetic so that you won’t feel any discomfort during the process.
  • Your dentist will use a special instrument to loosen the tooth within its socket and break the fibers that hold it in place.
  • Once it’s disconnected from the socket, your dentist will lift and remove your tooth using dental forceps.
  • Some minor bleeding is normal. You’ll probably be asked to bite down on a piece of gauze to reduce it.

Dental Extraction Cost

Tooth extraction cost varies from patient to patient. Factors affecting the cost of dental extraction include the following.

  • Location of the tooth within your jaw
  • Anesthetic type
  • Whether it’s a simple extraction or surgery is needed
  • Whether or not it was an emergency procedure
  • Dental insurance coverage

Why Is Oral Surgery Sometimes Required for a Tooth Extraction?

If your tooth is impacted or severely damaged, it may be necessary to visit an oral surgeon and have it removed under general anesthesia. Your dentist will refer you to a surgeon when surgical expertise is needed.

Tooth Extraction Healing and Pain

Complete healing after dental extraction may take several months. Your pain and swelling will abate within the first two days. Gum tissues heal in about four weeks, and bone slowly regrows into the tooth socket in six to eight months. Tooth extraction pain is usually mild, but severe pain may occur if the blood clot that forms inside the tooth’s empty socket becomes dislodged. The condition is known as dry socket. If you experience severe pain, see your dentist immediately. Dry socket is treatable with a special dressing that encourages a new blood clot to form.

Dental Extraction Aftercare Tips

General tooth and molar extraction aftercare is important for short-term healing. If you’re having a tooth extraction in Bloomington, your dentist may recommend the following recovery guidelines.

  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco.
  • Avoid using a straw for at least 24 hours.
  • If necessary, rinse your mouth gently.
  • Follow the dietary instructions given by your dentist.
  • If you experience swelling, apply a cold compress and contact your dentist.

Our experienced dentists perform tooth extractions on children and adults of all ages. When you need to have a tooth pulled, we’re here to help make it easier.

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