Exploring Tooth Extraction for a Healthier Smile

A tooth extraction, also known as a dental extraction, is a common general dentistry procedure performed by trained dental professionals to remove a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. This intervention may sound scary, but it may be necessary to prevent severe tooth decay, advanced gum disease, overcrowding, and trauma from wreaking havoc on […]

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A tooth extraction, also known as a dental extraction, is a common general dentistry procedure performed by trained dental professionals to remove a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. This intervention may sound scary, but it may be necessary to prevent severe tooth decay, advanced gum disease, overcrowding, and trauma from wreaking havoc on your grin.

While the prospect of having a tooth pulled can be daunting, advancements in dental techniques and anesthesia have made the procedure significantly more comfortable and less invasive. If you suspect an extraction is in your near future, let Dr. Julie Glud at Dental Care of Lombard help. You can call our dentist in Lombard, IL, at (630) 629-5700 for tailored advice, appointments, and more.

When it comes to tooth extraction, understanding the process and what to expect before, during, and after can alleviate anxiety greatly and facilitate a smoother recovery for patients. So, today, our team focuses on why extractions are necessary, how to prepare for treatment, and how to recover quickly after getting a tooth pulled.

Why get a tooth pulled?

There are many reasons why a patient might need to get a tooth pulled, including:

Severe Tooth Decay 

When decay penetrates deep into the tooth and compromises its structural integrity, extraction may be necessary to prevent further spread of decay and potential infection.


Untreated gum disease (periodontitis) can cause damage to the bone supporting the teeth, leading to loosening and eventual loss of teeth that may require extraction.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

These teeth often get trapped beneath the gum line due to a lack of space in the jaw or improper alignment. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, infection, and damage to adjacent teeth, necessitating extraction.

Orthodontic Treatment

In cases of serious overcrowding, Dr. Glud may need to remove a tooth to create space for proper alignment of teeth during orthodontic treatment.


Accidents or injuries to the mouth can result in fractured or severely damaged teeth. In some cases, extraction is the best option to prevent infection and preserve oral health.

Failed Root Canal Therapy

If a root canal treatment fails to effectively resolve infection or if the tooth becomes re-infected, extraction may be the only way to prevent further complications.

Preparation for Dentures

Patients receiving dentures may require extraction of remaining teeth that are decayed, damaged, or non-restorable to make room for the denture appliance.

How to Prepare for Tooth Extraction

Preparing for a tooth pull entails many steps to guarantee that the procedure goes smoothly. Here are detailed instructions for preparing for a tooth extraction:

Consultation with Dentist

Schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Glud. During this appointment, our team will:

  • Evaluate your oral health
  • Review your medical history
  • Discuss the procedure with you in detail

Medical History Review

Inform your dentist about any:

  • Medical conditions you have
  • Medications you are taking (including over-the-counter and herbal supplements)
  • Allergies you have
  • Previous dental procedures

This information is crucial for determining the safest approach to the extraction and any necessary precautions.

X-rays and Examination 

Dr. Glud may take X-rays of the affected tooth and surrounding areas to assess the tooth’s position, root structure, and any potential complications

A thorough examination will help determine the most appropriate extraction technique and treatment plan.

Discuss Anesthesia Options

Depending on the complexity of the extraction and your level of anxiety, Dr. Glud will discuss anesthesia options with you, including:

  • Local anesthesia
  • Sedation
  • General anesthesia

Arrange Transportation

Patients receiving sedation or general anesthesia must arrange for a responsible adult to accompany them to the appointment and drive them home afterward

Pre-procedure Instructions 

Pre-procedure instructions may include refraining from eating or drinking anything (including water) for a certain period before the procedure, especially if sedation or general anesthesia will be administered.

Medication Adjustment

Consult Dr. Glud about any adjustments needed before the extraction. This may include temporarily stopping blood-thinning medications or adjusting dosages.

Plan for Recovery

Arrange for time off work, stock up on soft foods, and be prepared to limit activity for a few days

How to Heal Faster After Getting a Tooth Pulled

Healing after a tooth extraction could take up to several months, depending on the tooth’s location and severity of the case. However, there are several steps you can take to promote faster healing and reduce discomfort. Here’s how to heal faster after getting a tooth pulled:

Follow Post-Extraction Instructions

Dr. Glud will provide you with tailored instructions addressing your individual needs. Follow these instructions carefully to promote proper healing and minimize complications.

Control Bleeding 

Clean gauze pads can help control bleeding and encourage the formation of a clot. However, avoid vigorous rinsing or spitting, as this can dislodge blood clots and prolong bleeding.

Apply Ice Packs 

Apply cloth-lined ice packs to the affected area for 10 to 20 minutes at a time, with breaks in between. Do this for the first 24 hours after the extraction.

Take Pain Medication

Ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help manage pain and discomfort following the extraction. Follow the dosage instructions carefully.

Avoid Smoking and Alcohol

Refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol for at least 24 hours after the extraction. These behaviors can interfere with the healing process and increase the risk of complications, such as dry socket.

Eat Soft Foods

Dr. Glud recommends a soft diet following a tooth pull, including:

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Stews and soups
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Smoothies or meal replacement shakes

Maintain Oral Hygiene

Continue brushing your teeth gently, but avoid the extraction site during the first 24 hours. 

Rinse your mouth gently with salty water (one-half teaspoon of salt dissolved in a cup of water) several times a day to keep the area clean and promote healing.

Avoid Disturbing the Extraction Site

Avoid touching or poking the extraction site with your tongue, fingers, or other objects

Also, refrain from using straws, as sucking motions can dislodge blood clots and delay healing.

Rest and Relaxation

Get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous physical activities for the first 48 to 72 hours after the extraction. Resting allows your body to focus its energy on healing.

Attend Follow-up Appointments

Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments with Dr. Glud to ensure correct healing and monitor for any signs of complications.

Learn More About Gentle Tooth Extractions in Lombard, IL

Getting a tooth pulled can feel scary, but it may be the gentlest and safest way to restore your oral health. Learn more about how we make this procedure more comfortable for you at Dental Care of Lombard. Just call Dr. Julie Glud at (630) 629-5700 or request a consultation online for more information.

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