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Hastings Dental Clinic
Hastings Dental Clinic Shelbyville, Illinois
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Extractions

The vast majority of extractions can be done here at our office – including third molars (“wisdom teeth”). Although we will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth may need to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:

  • Severe decay
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Infection or abscess
  • Orthodontic correction
  • Malpositioned teeth
  • Fractured teeth or roots
  • Impacted teeth

After careful examination and treatment, the dentist may advise to have a tooth extracted. Before a tooth is removed, the dentist will take an x-ray in order to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone.

After evaluation, we may refer you to a specialist called an oral surgeon if that is your preference or if the degree of difficulty calls for it.

A certain amount of pain and discomfort is to be expected following an extraction, which can be minimized with mediation and ice packs applied to the face for 15 minutes at a time. After a routine extraction, discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks.

If you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call our office immediately.