Oral Surgery

Algonquin Smiles

Audrey Sim, DDS

General Dentist located in Algonquin, IL

Sometimes your tooth is so damaged or poorly positioned that you must have it extracted. If your tooth is unsalvageable, Dr. Audrey Sim at Algonquin Smiles in Algonquin, Illinois, removes your tooth quickly and painlessly. If you have a toothache, a decayed tooth, or an impacted wisdom tooth, call Dr. Audrey’s warm and friendly staff or book an appointment online. Dr. Audrey performs gentle, pain-free oral surgery on women, men, teens, and children who live in Algonquin, Carpentersville, Crystal Lake, Huntley, and Lake in the Hills, Illinois.

Oral Surgery Q & A

Why do I need oral surgery?

Dr. Audrey may need to perform oral surgery if your tooth is severely damaged or if you have impacted wisdom teeth. When she prepares your teeth for orthodontics, she may need to remove one or two teeth to give your remaining teeth room to move into a better and more functional alignment.

Why can’t my tooth be saved?

When the damage is too severe, or if the tooth is causing functional problems, Dr. Audrey extracts it in a pain-free office procedure. After performing routine extractions of decayed or broken teeth, Dr. Audrey may fit you with a false replacement tooth, such as a dental implant.

What are signs that I need an extraction?

If you have impacted wisdom teeth, or a severely broken, infected, or damaged tooth, Dr. Audrey may recommend an extraction. Signs that you need an extraction include:

  • Wisdom teeth that can’t break through
  • Badly broken or damaged tooth
  • Painful tooth
  • Foul breath
  • Crowded teeth
  • Swollen and painful gums (periodontal disease)
  • Swollen and painful jaw
  • Difficulty moving or opening your jaw

What is an impacted wisdom tooth?

Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars, which usually begin erupting after you are about 18 years old. Our ancestors may have needed wisdom teeth to chew coarse grains and roots, but they serve no function for most modern men and women.

Modern mouths aren’t usually large enough to accommodate these extra molars. When the wisdom teeth try to break through the gums, they may get impacted (stuck), which causes pain and infection. Wisdom teeth can also push against your other teeth, shifting them out of alignment. In either case, Dr. Audrey recommends extraction.

Does oral surgery hurt?

Dr. Audrey’s goal is to extract your tooth or teeth quickly, safely, and painlessly. She gives you nitrous oxide before your procedure so that you don’t feel any pain or discomfort. Nitrous oxide also alleviates anxiety.

What happens if I don’t extract a tooth?

If your tooth cannot be saved, but you choose not to extract it, you could experience serious consequences, such as:

  • Gum infections and cysts
  • Gum decay
  • Permanent tooth loss
  • Bone destruction
  • Systemic infections

At Algonquin Smiles, Dr. Audrey painlessly extracts your tooth and restores your oral health. Call her compassionate and supportive staff for an appointment, or book one online.