Tooth Extractions
in New Lenox, IL

Extracting one tooth or multiple teeth is sometimes necessary to treat chronic oral pain, dental trauma or tooth decay, or to make room in the mouth prior to orthodontic treatment. Sometimes, adolescents might have one or more baby teeth that won’t fall out on their own. Regardless of the reason, our dental team in New Lenox, IL will answer all your questions and discuss the next steps following your (or your family member’s) tooth extraction. In addition, we’ll make sure the procedure (and recovery) are as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

Call (815) 462-4838 if you’re experiencing any dental pain or have concerns about your upcoming extraction procedure.

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What to Expect

Tooth extractions are typically performed with a local anesthetic so you’ll be fully awake, but feel no pain. Your tooth, gums, and jaw bone will be fully numb. However, you will feel some pressure, but this is completely normal since the tooth is being gently shifted back and forth to widen the space in the socket and facilitate easy removal.

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Are Tooth Extractions Painful?

Tooth extraction procedures should not be painful at all. Pressure is to be expected, but with proper numbing you shouldn’t feel a thing. If, however, you do feel some discomfort during the procedure, don’t hesitate to let us know.

Following the extraction, you will probably experience some pain and swelling. You can take pain relief medications as prescribed and use an ice pack to keep the swelling down. If you find that you have persistent pain and swelling for 2 days or more, let us know immediately by calling (815) 462-4838.

Tips for a Proper Recovery

Blood clotting is necessary to stop the bleeding and initiate healing after a tooth extraction, so you will need to bite on a gauze pad for about 45 minutes until a clot has formed. To prevent the clot from dissolving or being dislodged later, avoid drinking through a straw or rinsing out your mouth. You should also avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, or brushing directly over or next to the socket for about 3 days. We also recommend avoiding strenuous exercise for 24 hours, because vigorous activity will increase your blood pressure and may cause the extraction site to bleed again.

You can always call us if you have any questions or concerns during your recovery. If anything seems abnormal, we want to know so we can help!