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Oral Surgery Barrington

Tooth being pulled illustrationIf a tooth cannot be saved with dental options such as a bridge or crown, it may be appropriate to have it removed. At Hart Dental, several forms of oral surgery are available to meet your needs:

  • Routine extractions
  • Wisdom teeth extractions
  • Dental implant placement

If the extracted tooth isn’t a wisdom tooth, you may want to replace it so that your smile’s look and function are maintained. In such cases, we can provide modern dental implants.

The Procedure of a Tooth Extraction

To determine whether you need an extraction, we’ll examine your teeth and take a series of X-rays or 3D scans. If it can be saved, we’ll recommend doing so. If not, or if you’d prefer to have it removed, we’ll perform an extraction.

You’ll be numbed and can also opt for nitrous oxide to be applied during your procedure. Then, we’ll elevate your tooth and remove it. The area is irrigated and packed with gauze.

Aftercare Instructions

Before beginning, we’ll go over informed consent and postoperative instructions so that you know exactly what to expect. Complications can arise if you’re a smoker, which can result in a dry socket. We recommend that you abstain from heavy exercise, alcohol consumption, smoking and eating hard foods, which can increase bleeding.

Healing With Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

Because of the role plasma and platelets play in the body’s ability to heal, we chose to offer Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) at our practice. Plasma is the liquid part of blood composed mostly of water and protein. It allows red and white blood cells to circulate throughout your bloodstream, and helps with bone regeneration.

Platelets are a type of blood cell that makes your blood clot, and play an essential role in healing. They contain hundreds of proteins, which are called growth factors.

Application or injection of PRP speeds up recovery after dental surgery by stimulating the body’s natural healing process. For a patient who receives PRP following an extraction, they may experience healing in a week or less versus three weeks for someone who didn’t get PRP.

Another benefit of using PRP is that it’s very safe, because your own blood is used. PRP also may reduce infection, which minimizes the need for antibiotics and painkillers.

The PRP injections can be used in various procedures, including

  • Onlay and inlay grafts
  • Sinus lift procedures
  • Ridge augmentation procedures
  • Cleft, lip, and palate surgeries

PRP can also be used following tooth extractions or cyst removal to repair bone defects.

What Does the Process Involve?

The process is fairly quick and simple. After your dentist draws a small amount of your blood (about 55cc), we’ll place it in a centrifuge machine to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of your blood. Typically, your blood will be spun two to three times to obtain the best possible results. Once the PRP is isolated from the rest of the blood, your dentist will collect it and apply it to the appropriate areas.

Treating Soft Tissues With Laser Therapy

At our practice, we are passionate about using the latest technology for our patients’ benefit. That’s why we offer laser therapy using the Gemini 810 + 980 diode laser. This laser is the first dual-wavelength soft tissue diode laser that’s available in the United States.

The laser can be used to provide painless incisions/excisions, gingivectomies, frenectomies and other procedures. This Gemini laser also can quickly treat periodontal diseases, shape gums, and treat cold sores and painful canker sores.

Because the laser is noninvasive and painless it’s ideal for those patients who have dental anxiety. No needles are used and there’s no discomfort.

Most insurances will cover oral surgery, and we’re in-network providers for most area PPO plans. Although insurance doesn’t cover laser therapy used in dentistry our fees are very affordable. Contact us today to arrange your appointment!


Oral Surgery Barrington, North Barrington, South Barrington and Barrington Hills IL | (847) 865-4278