A tooth extraction is an undesirable, but common dental procedure for impacted, decayed, or injured teeth. With anesthesia and sedation, Charles F. Lockhart, DDS, MAGD, makes the process as pleasant as possible at Jefferson Park Smile Corner, serving the greater Chicago area. If you need to get a tooth pulled, call the clinic or schedule an appointment using the online booking system.
Dr. Lockhart has a variety of advanced and time-tested tools in his arsenal to save your teeth, but sometimes a tooth just can’t be saved — such as with overcrowding or impacted teeth.
The following situations may also warrant a tooth extraction:
For a simple extraction, Dr. Lockhart uses a dental elevator to loosen the tooth from the socket. Then, he uses a forceps to remove the tooth and stitches the opening shut.
If you need a surgical extraction for a tooth below the gumline, Dr. Lockhart has to make an incision before the procedure and stitch the wound closed afterward.
Dr. Lockhart discusses the procedure and your preferences for sedation with you beforehand. He also administers local anesthetic so you don’t feel any pain during the extraction.
Dr. Lockhart spends time with you and explains your care instructions, so you know exactly what to do when you get home. General guidelines for bleeding, pain, and dry sockets are as follows:
Dr. Lockhart has you hold wet gauze over the site after the extraction for 30-45 minutes. If your gums are still bleeding, you can use a new, dampened piece of gauze for another half-hour until a blood clot forms.
Use a cold compress on your face to help reduce pain and swelling. Use over-the-counter or prescription pain medication as directed by Dr. Lockhart.
A dry socket is a painful condition that results when the blood clot over the wound never forms or falls off. Contact Dr. Lockhart right away if you have dry sockets or unusual pain.
To prevent dry sockets, try not to disturb the blood clot by smoking, sucking through a straw, rinsing with mouthwash, or participating in strenuous activity.
If you need a tooth extraction, call Jefferson Park Smile Corner or use the online scheduling system to make an appointment.