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Tooth Extractions – Arlington Heights, IL

Boosting The Health
of Your Smile 

 

We hope all of our patients are able to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime. However, despite diligent preventive efforts, tooth extractions in Arlington Heights, IL are sometimes necessary. If you suspect that you need to have a tooth pulled, please contact us so we can evaluate the situation and design a treatment plan to relieve your smile’s problems and get your oral health back on track.

Why Choose Westgate Dental Care for Tooth Extractions?

  • In-House Dental
    Implant Placement
  • Customized Tooth
    Replacement Solutions
  • In-Network With
    MetLife & Cigna

Reasons for a Tooth Extraction

Dentists looking at images of smile before tooth extraction

One of the most common reasons we perform tooth extractions is because a tooth is so badly damaged or decayed that it cannot not support a crown or other restoration. If you are experiencing symptoms such as severe pain when you place pressure on a tooth, extreme sensitivity to hot and cold, or you notice that a tooth is broken or otherwise suffering, visit your emergency dentist in Arlington Heights right away. Getting prompt treatment is important so you can find relief from your pain and avoid infection.

Some other reasons why it may be necessary to extract a tooth include:

  • The mouth is overcrowded, and we need to make room for an orthodontic treatment
  • To prepare a patient’s mouth for partial or full dentures
  • The wisdom teeth are endangering the teeth around them

Of course, we don’t take extractions lightly. Before we recommend this restorative treatment, we’ll discuss all of your options with you and let you know about the pros and cons of each one.

The Tooth Extraction Procedure

Dental team member putting on gloves

Basically, there are two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. During a simple extraction, we numb the area around a tooth and use gentle force to remove the tooth from its place. Simple extractions often work well for fully erupted teeth that are still in one piece.

During a surgical extraction, we use a strong anesthetic and perhaps even sedation to make sure the patient is comfortable. Then, we may have to make an incision in the gums or break a tooth into pieces in order to remove it safely. Surgical extractions are often necessary when we are taking out wisdom teeth, any tooth that has not fully erupted, and broken teeth.

Regardless of which type of extraction you undergo, we’ll give you detailed instructions on how to care for your mouth after your procedure so you can recover as quickly. Our goal is to make the entire process as comfortable as possible for you from beginning to end.

Replacing Your Missing Teeth

Woman sharing smile after replacing extracted tooth

A healthy adult mouth has 28 – 32 teeth. If, due to extractions, you do not have a complete smile, your oral health and appearance could suffer long-term consequences. That’s why we often recommend that our patients consider replacing their missing teeth with a bridge, full or partial dentures, or dental implants. Of the three options, implants offer the most comprehensive solution to tooth loss because they replace both the crown and the root of missing teeth; they can provide you with a strong, beautiful, and long-lasting smile. They may even make you forget that you ever had to have an extraction in the first place!

Tooth Extraction FAQ’s

Tooth extractions are a significant and important procedure that we offer, which is why many patients are curious about the treatment. For any specific concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office and speak with one of our friendly staff members. Until then, you can take a look at the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about tooth extractions. Read on to learn more!

Does it Hurt to Get a Tooth Extraction?

Many patients assume that tooth extractions are painful because it involves removing a tooth. However, at Westgate Dental Care, we make tooth extractions as easy and comfortable as possible. We will ensure that your mouth is completely numb, and we offer sedation dentistry for a greater sense of relaxation during the procedure. The only discomfort you feel will be after your appointment, which is typically some slight soreness that can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

Is There an Alternative to Tooth Extraction?

We take pride in practicing conservative dentistry, which means our dentists will do all they can to keep your natural smile healthy and intact. We have a variety of preventive services and restorations for when you need a little help. That said, injuries, damage, infection, and decay can occur, which may be too severe to save your tooth with a root canal or dental crown. Tooth extractions are always our last option to get our patients out of pain and back to smiling.

What Happens After My Tooth Extraction?

Once your extraction is complete, we will discuss the best option for a tooth replacement. We offer a variety of solutions, including dental implants, dental bridges, and partial dentures. It all depends on your specific needs, however an implant supported crown is by far our most popular treatment for single tooth replacement. A dental implant is a tiny titanium post that gets surgically placed in your jawbone to support your restoration. This replacement looks, feels, and functions like your natural smile. Plus, dental implants fuse to the jawbone and become a permanent part of your body, which is part of the reason they can last for a lifetime with proper care.

How Much Will My Tooth Extraction Cost?

The cost of your extraction will depend on a variety of factors, which is why it’s difficult to provide you with a precise estimate. Because no two smiles are the same, we’ll need to carefully examine your mouth before developing your personalized treatment plan. The cost of your treatment will range depending on your oral health and the number of affected teeth. The average fee for a single extraction without insurance in the US is between $150 and $400, however if you have insurance, at least part of your treatment price is negotiated with us directly.

For any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office to learn more!