The Foehr Group
107 S. Prospect Road, Bloomington, IL 61704
A dental extraction is never the first choice of dentists or patients. If you have a severely diseased or damaged tooth, however, an extraction may be the best way to resolve your dental problem. Our skilled and knowledgeable dentist can determine if an extraction is right for you and will make sure the process is as painless and stress-free as possible.
The cost of a dental extraction can vary from person to person. Following your initial consultation, we will provide you with an estimate of your cost that takes into consideration the type of extraction required and the location of the affected tooth. Most dental insurance plans cover part or all of the cost of tooth extraction, so the tooth removal cost may be more affordable than you think. Call today to find out more about the insurance plans that we accept and how we can make your dental care more affordable.
If the affected tooth is visible and able to be grasped with forceps, our dentist can normally perform what is known as a simple extraction. If the tooth is hard to reach or embedded in the gum, we may have to refer you to an oral surgeon for a surgical extraction.
We normally recommend an extraction in cases of severe decay, trauma, or periodontal disease. In these situations, other treatments may not be enough to alleviate the patient’s pain or restore the health and structural integrity of the tooth. Call today to find out if dental extraction is the right treatment for your dental issue.
In some cases, a broken, cracked, or decayed tooth can be restored using a root canal or other techniques. This is usually the case when the damage has not reached the middle of the tooth. Our dentist can determine if a root canal is feasible and perform an extraction if it is not. We encourage our patients to replace the missing tooth following an extraction since this improves the aesthetics of the smile and keeps the remaining teeth from shifting out of place.
Our staff is skilled at putting children at ease and catering to their unique dental needs. Our dentist may recommend an extraction if a baby tooth is keeping a permanent tooth from pushing through the gums, if the tooth is infected, or there is a cavity that is too large to fill.
Advanced gum disease can affect the ligaments and tissue that hold the teeth in place, which can lead to tooth loss and cause painful infections under the gumline. An extraction may be necessary to allow the dentist to treat the underlying infection and to protect the health of your remaining teeth.
Wisdom teeth are the third molars and are typically the last teeth to emerge. Although some people do not experience any issues with their wisdom teeth, it is common for them to become impacted or emerge at an angle that causes pain or damage to the surrounding teeth. This can occur if the jaw is not large enough to accommodate the extra teeth. Depending on the amount of the tooth that has pushed through the gum, our dentist may pull the tooth or refer you to an oral surgeon.
When there are too many teeth for the size of the jaw, the teeth can become overcrowded and shift out of place. To correct the issue, a dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment to straighten the teeth. It is common for patients to have one or more teeth removed in preparation for orthodontic treatment so that the teeth have room to move.
For the first 24 hours following your extraction, you will need to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your dentist. These instructions explain how to minimize any swelling and discomfort and ensure that you avoid complications, such as dry socket and infection. You can resume most activities after 24 hours, but you should refrain from strenuous activities until given the okay by your dentist.
A simple extraction usually heals within a week; however, a surgical extraction may take longer.
If you are suffering from tooth pain, we can help. Call (309) 740-4241 today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists.