At Kellerman Dental, serving Edwardsville, Illinois, our team believes in providing comprehensive dentistry for the entire family. Drs. Kevin Kellerman, Caroline Connolly, Jessica Wen, and Jesse Snyder are here to help with general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. In addition, they are also pleased to provide tooth removal services for patients seeking a dentist “close to me” who offers them.
What is tooth removal?
Tooth removal is a procedure done to remove the tooth from its socket in the bone. It can be done for many reasons, such as:
- To make room for orthodontic treatment
- To treat an infected or damaged tooth
- To remove the wisdom teeth that are not erupting properly
- To remove a tooth that has had a failed root canal
Most tooth removals are performed by our dental team at Kellerman Dental using local anesthesia to numb the entire area and minimize discomfort during the procedure. This ensures that patients are comfortable during the procedure. We then offer aftercare instructions to follow closely to reduce or even eliminate the risk of complications, such as dental infection.
What types of tooth removal services are available at Kellerman Dental?
Our team at Kellerman Dental offers both simple and surgical removal. Simple removals are less invasive and are performed when patients have a tooth or several teeth that have erupted through the gumline and are accessible. Surgical removal needs to be done when a tooth is impacted or has not erupted through the gumline. It is more invasive because our dentist needs to cut into the tissue to access the tooth and remove it. This is often done when patients have a tooth that is impacted, such as a wisdom tooth, and cannot erupt due to a lack of space. Your dentist will advise you as to what type of tooth removal is needed to achieve the results needed.
How should I care for my smile after tooth removal?
After the procedure, it is vital that you follow our aftercare instructions closely. This might include taking medications as prescribed and avoiding certain habits such as drinking through a straw or smoking. You should also avoid touching or messing with the site of the removed tooth and rinsing your mouth more than instructed. Keeping the site clean will help reduce the risk of infection and promote healing so you can return to your daily routine with little interruption. We will walk you through how to care for your smile and advise you when you need to see our team for a follow-up appointment or if problems arise. In general, simple removals require less care and attention than surgical ones, as they are much less invasive.
How do I find a dentist who offers tooth removal services close to me?
Do you reside in or around Edwardsville, Illinois, and want to speak to a professional about your oral health needs, including tooth removal?
We are pleased to offer solutions such as this for our patients, both new and current. Call (618) 228-3100 to request a consultation with our team at 16 Junction Drive West, Suite #101.