Tooth Extraction

Dr. Lago can provide all types of extractions including full boney impacted wisdom teeth.

Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jaw bone. Extraction is performed for positional, structural, or other health reasons. Teeth are frequently removed because they’re infected. Teeth become impacted when they’re stopped from growing into their ordinary position in the mouth by gum tissue, bone, or other teeth. Impaction is a standard reason for the extraction of wisdom teeth. Extraction is the sole known system that may stop further issues. Teeth can also be removed to make extra space in the mouth before straightening the remaining teeth ( orthodontic treatment ), or because they’re so badly positioned that straightening is very unlikely. Extraction could be used to get rid of teeth that are so badly decayed or damaged that they can not be restored. Additionally, patients infrequently select extraction as a more cost effective alternative option to filling or placing a crown on a seriously decayed tooth. Tooth extraction can be performed with local anesthesia in most cases.


Before an extraction, Dr. Lago will take the patient’s medical history, noting allergies and prescription medicines. A dental history is also taken, with particular notice to prior extractions and reactions to anesthetics.

The doctor may then prescribe antibiotics or suggest stopping certain medicines before the extraction. The tooth is x-rayed to figure out its full shape and position, particularly if it is impacted. If the patient is going to have deep anesthesia, she or he should wear loose clothing with sleeves that are simply rolled up to make allowance for an intravenous line. The patient shouldn’t drink or eat anything for a minimum of 6 hours before the process. Arrangements should be made for a friend or relative to drive the patient home after the surgery.


A crucial facet of aftercare is inspiring a clot to form at the extraction site. The patient should put pressure onto the area by biting softly on a roll or wad of compress for a couple of hours after surgery. Once the clot is created, it shouldn’t be problematic.

The patient should not wash, spit, drink with a straw, or smoke for a minimum of 72 hours after the extraction and ideally longer. Excessive / strenuous exercise should be avoided for the first 3 to 5 days.

For the first couple of days after the surgery, the patient should drink liquids without a straw, and eat soft foods.

Any chewing must be done on the side away from the extraction site. Hard or sticky foods must be steered clear of. The mouth might be softly cleaned with a toothbrush, but the extraction area shouldn’t be scrubbed. Wrapped ice packs must be applied to reduce facial swelling. Swelling is a standard part of the recovery process. It is most obvious in the 1st 48-72 hours. As the swelling subsides, the patient may experience muscle rigidity 36 hours after surgery. Wet heat and relaxed exercise will revive jaw movement.

The dentist may prescribe medicines to alleviate the postoperative discomfort.

Environmental & Biological Dentistry
3 S. Prospect (Suite #9)
Park Ridge, IL 60068 (ten minutes from O' Hare International Airport)
Phone: +1 (847) 823-3441