Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions are often a necessary procedure to maintain your oral health. At Tidy Smiles in Palatine, IL, our experienced dental care professionals ensure that tooth extractions are as comfortable and stress-free as possible. We will go over what to expect and can offer solutions for tooth replacement if necessary.

Why Tooth Extractions are Necessary

Severe Tooth Decay

Tooth decay sometimes reaches a point where fillings or crowns cannot repair the damage. When decay threatens the surrounding teeth or causes severe pain, an extraction may become the best solution. A thorough dental examination will determine if an extraction offers the best course of action for your oral health needs..

Advanced Gum Disease

Advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis, can weaken the supporting tissue and bone structures surrounding your teeth. This condition may lead to loosened teeth that require extraction to prevent further oral health issues.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth often become impacted, meaning they do not have enough room to erupt properly. Impacted wisdom teeth may cause pain, infection, and damage to neighboring teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction often becomes necessary to relieve these symptoms and prevent further complications. 

The Tooth Extraction Procedure

Initial Examination and X-Rays

The extraction process begins with a thorough examination and necessary X-rays to assess the condition of the tooth and surrounding structures. At Tidy Smiles, we use digital imaging techniques to ensure a comprehensive evaluation

Types of Tooth Extractions: Simple vs. Surgical

There are two main types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. Simple extractions usually apply to visible teeth and involve loosening the tooth and removing it with forceps. 

Surgical extractions become necessary for teeth that have not fully erupted or have broken off at the gum line. This procedure may require an incision in the gum. We will coordinate your surgical extraction with a local specialist.

Aftercare and Recovery

Post-Extraction Instructions

Following an extraction, we provide detailed post-extraction instructions to promote healing and prevent complications. These instructions include guidance on managing bleeding, maintaining oral hygiene, and activity restrictions. Following these instructions closely ensures a smooth recovery.

Managing Pain and Swelling

Discomfort and swelling typically peak within the first 48 hours after an extraction. We will recommend appropriate pain management strategies, which may include over-the-counter pain relievers and ice packs to reduce swelling.

Foods to Eat and Avoid During Recovery

Post-extraction, we advise patients to consume soft foods and liquids to prevent the dislodgement of the blood clot at the extraction site. We recommend avoiding crunchy, spicy, or hot foods that might cause irritation or infection. Follow our guidelines to ensure a quick recovery

Complications and Risks

Dry Socket

One of the most uncomfortable complications following a tooth extraction is dry socket, which occurs when the blood clot fails to form or becomes dislodged. Symptoms include severe pain and an unpleasant taste. If you experience these symptoms, contact our Palatine dentist office immediately for prompt treatment.


Although uncommon, infections can develop if bacteria enter the extraction site. Symptoms include fever, increased pain, and swelling. Our team provides clear instructions on preventing infection, and we stand ready to address any concerns promptly.