Tooth extraction means to have a tooth pulled. There are several reasons why Dr. Laney Schuman may recommend tooth extraction in Granite City, Illinois. If you have crowded teeth, our dentist may recommend tooth extraction to prepare you for orthodontia. This will allow room for your teeth to straighten. If your teeth are crowded, there may not be room for a new tooth to grow in. If the tooth becomes impacted, or trapped, between the gums and the jawbone, our dentist may recommend extraction. Our dentist will even extract wisdom teeth. If you have a tooth with decay that is too extensive to be treated by root canal therapy, our dentist may recommend extraction. For patients with a compromised immune system, even the risk of infection is reason to pull a tooth. Gingivitis is an infection that attacks the bones and gums that surround and support the teeth. If this disease causes the loosening of permanent teeth, our dentist may recommend extraction.
After extraction, our dentist will send you home to recover for a few days. Relax for at least 24 hours and limit your activity for a few days. To minimize your discomfort during recovery, follow all instructions that our dentist gives you.
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