Extractions in Shorewood,WI

When Is An Extraction Necessary?

Preserving the health of your natural teeth is incredibly important. When you lose a natural tooth, you also suffer from irreversible bone loss unless you replace it immediately with a dental implant. 

This can cause changes to your bite and facial structure and lead to premature facial sagging. However, there are many circumstances where an extraction is the best way to minimize the damage to your oral health. 

At Acacia Dental Care, we only recommend extraction as a last resort, when we are unable to save or repair a tooth. You may need an extraction if you have a severe tooth infection, dental trauma, overcrowding, gum disease, or impaction.

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Did you know…

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 It can take 1 to 3 months to heal from a surgical extraction.

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What to expect at your preventive dental care appointment

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Dr. Brookes will examine your tooth and take x-rays to look at its position in the jaw. If we can’t see impacted teeth with the naked eye, these scans will help show us exactly where they are sitting and if they’re coming in at an angle.

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Sedation Options & Pain Relief

Before performing any extraction, we will always begin by administering a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. The procedure will not be painful. You will also have the option of additional sedation, especially when it is a surgical extraction. Some patients may be recommended to get wisdom teeth removed in the hospital under general anesthesia depending on the complexity of the case.

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Simple Removal

In a basic extraction, we loosen your tooth by using a dental elevator to rock it back and forth. This severs ligaments that hold the tooth in place in the socket. Forceps are used to remove the tooth.

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Surgical Removal

The process begins with an incision to the gums to reveal the tooth and cutting additional bone that is blocking the tooth. The tooth is then sectioned and loosened and removed. The gums are placed back and sutured shut.

Extraction Options

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A basic extraction is a simple process of removing a tooth that we can visibly see in your mouth. It’s fully erupted through the gums, making the removal less complex because we don’t need to make any incisions.

We will administer local anesthesia and loosen the tooth with a dental elevator. Forceps are used to remove the tooth and there are usually no sutures necessary. This process can be completed in about 20 to 40 minutes and you will heal in about 3 to 4 weeks.

Wisdom Teeth

A wisdom tooth often needs to be surgically removed because lack of jaw space causes impaction. This causes the tooth to not fully erupt through the gums or not erupt at all. We need to make an incision into your gums to access the tooth. 

We will also cut a small piece of the bone that is covering the tooth. Then, the tooth may be sectioned. This involves cutting the tooth into smaller fragments for easier removal. We will suture the gums shut after the extraction. This process takes a little longer than a basic extraction and your healing will take longer too.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments are simple, non-invasive, and are great at keeping dental decay from occurring. After your cleaning, we’ll apply a varnish or gel that is rich in fluoride to your teeth, then rinse it away after a few minutes. Fluoride strengthens your enamel by kickstarting a process called “remineralization,” which works by attracting minerals like calcium and phosphates to your teeth, helping to restore the hardness of your enamel and increase your smile’s resistance to acids.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are often recommended for children, who are at a higher risk for tooth decay, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a great option for patients of all ages who want to protect their teeth from cavities. The application of dental sealants is a very straight-forward procedure, beginning with the application of a dental resin to the molars. Located in the back of the mouth, molars are filled with grooves and uneven surfaces where plaque and bacteria can hide and flourish. The resin is then cured with a UV light to help it harden, creating a powerful barrier between your teeth and the foods, drinks, acid, and bacteria that lead to decay. And the best part? Dental sealants can last for years!

Periodontal Care

Gum disease is more common than you may expect, and if left untreated, patients struggling with it can risk developing additional problems, up to and including the loss of their teeth. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, and is the only stage that can be reversed with deep cleanings and good at-home hygiene. If you have gingivitis, staying on top of your regular cleanings, checkups, and at-home care will help you to  regain control over your oral health before it becomes irreversible.

More advanced stages of periodontitis require more advanced and frequent treatment. We usually recommend scheduling deep cleaning sessions every three to four months, depending on your unique needs. Although the effects of more advanced periodontitis are irreversible, deep cleanings, scaling, and root planing can stop gum disease in its tracks and help preserve your oral wellbeing.

Oral Cancer Screenings

As a part of every preventive care visit, we’ll perform an oral cancer screening. Catching oral cancer early on gives us a better chance at stopping it before it spreads, and can even save your life. 

During your exam, your dentist will examine your gums, tongue, and the rest of your mouth, looking for abnormalities like lesions, lumps, and discolorations. If we discover anything out of the ordinary, we’ll take a biopsy to send to a specialist for a comprehensive analysis. Although oral cancer is relatively rare, it’s important to be diligent about your oral hygiene routine, and to regularly visit our office for cleanings and checkups so we can identify any potential problems before they become major issues.

Night Guards

Bruxism, or unconscious teeth grinding and clenching is a common issue faced by many patients. As this behavior tends to happen at night while patients are asleep, night guards are a great solution for Bruxism. Night guards can be made from a variety of materials depending on the severity of your case, and work by creating a barrier between your teeth that protects them from damage caused by clenching and grinding. 

If you need a night guard, your dentist will take impressions or digital scans of your teeth and gums to craft a custom mold that will then be sent to the lab, where your night guard will be made to your exact specifications and measurements. Night guards ease tension in your jaw in order to alleviate the painful headaches and other uncomfortable or damaging side effects of clenching and grinding, so you can get more restful sleep and keep your smile healthy.

Sport Guards

Like night guards, sports mouth guards are worn over the teeth, but are designed specifically to protect your grin from oral trauma common in patients who play high-impact sports. A custom-fitted sports guard can help protect you from dental injuries caused by collisions to the mouth, face, or head. If you’re an athlete who plays football, basketball, baseball, soccer, rugby, hockey, gymnastics, mountain biking, or other activities that put you at risk for injury due to falling, body contact, or flying objects, a sports guard is essential for protecting your smile. Tailored to fit your own unique grin, custom-fitted sports guards are comfortable, and durable, so you can keep playing the sports you love.

Did you know…

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Avoid strenuous activity for the first 24 hours following an extraction.


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Have Questions About Extractions ? Find Answers Here.

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How Long Does It Take to Recover From Extracted Tooth?

Recovery time after tooth extraction can vary from patient to patient, depending on various factors, including the size and location of the tooth, the complexity of the procedure, a patient’s dental health, and more. On average, it can take a few days to several weeks to recover.

For simple tooth extraction, the recovery process can be relatively short. Your dentist may recommend that you take about two to three days to relax afterward to allow the treated area to clot. The soft tissue should be able to recover after three to four weeks. On the other hand, the recovery process for a surgical extraction will be a little longer.

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How Many Teeth Can Be Extracted at Once?

Generally, there is no limit to the number of teeth that can be extracted at once. Sometimes, this will depend on the individual patient and their particular circumstances. Although having several teeth removed at once is rare, it’s sometimes necessary for people with extreme tooth decay. If multiple teeth need to be extracted safely, you need to visit an experienced oral surgeon in Shorewood, WI.

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When Should You Have a Tooth Extraction?

You need a tooth extraction when a tooth is extensively decayed or too damaged to be repaired. This is especially true if there is severe decay or trauma or when it blocks other teeth from erupting. You may also need to extract a tooth if you’re preparing for orthodontic treatment.

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How to Prepare for a Tooth Extraction

Knowing how to prepare for tooth extraction is important as it helps reduce the stress often associated with the procedure. Here are some important things you can do to prepare for this treatment:

  • Ask questions

    Be sure to ask your dentist any questions you may have about tooth extraction. It is critical to understand what is involved during the tooth extraction procedure. Also, ask the dentist if there are extra instructions you need to follow during the process.
  • Discuss your medical history

    You may also want to discuss your medical history with your dentist to ensure you are the right candidate for tooth extraction. Your dentist may also recommend avoiding eating or drinking anything a few hours before the procedure.
  • Take medication

    Remember to take any drugs or any medications prescribed by your dentist.
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What Are the Signs of Infection After an Extraction?

While the chances of getting an infection after tooth extraction are minimal, you can still get it, especially if you fail to follow the recommended post-operative instructions. Here are some signs of infection to watch after an extraction:

  • Bleeding progressing for more than 24 hours
  • Swelling
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Redness
  • Severe pain
  • Tenderness
  • Pus drainage