The goal of dentistry is to promote good oral health and comfort, so that you can lead a dentally healthy life and eat the foods you enjoy and that keep you healthy. We recommend dental extractions only as a last resort to protect your health, eliminate symptoms or to reduce pain – it is never a recommendation that we take lightly.
Conditions That May Require a Tooth Extraction
If you have injuries involving your head and neck, it is important to seek immediate medical treatment.
Common conditions requiring a dental extraction:
- Wisdom teeth
- Non-restorable fractures
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Unsuccessful root canal therapy
- A tooth broken at the gumline
- Trauma due to an accident
In many cases, we can plan for tooth replacement treatment prior to beginning your extraction so that we have a plan in place to restore your smile. In cases of overcrowding or wisdom tooth extractions, we will not need to replace missing teeth.
Personalised Dental Treatment Options
Our dentists will explain all of your options and help you make a good decision regarding your oral health. We understand that many of our patients have concerns about dental extractions. Will it hurt? What will happen to my oral health? How will it affect the appearance of my smile?
Your Dental Extraction Procedure
We make patient comfort a top priority. Our dentist will always use appropriate levels of anaesthetic and wait for it to take effect before beginning your procedure. Our team communicates well and will be here to answer all of your questions. Together, we will design a solution that addresses each of your concerns.
We strive to provide efficient, effective and successful dental extractions, so that you can get on the road to recovery quickly.
Surgical extractions involve teeth that have not fully erupted from the gums. This often occurs when there is not enough space for the tooth or it is growing in at an angle. This condition, known as impaction, often causes pain and jaw discomfort. Removing your tooth can dramatically improve your comfort.
Normal extractions involve teeth that have erupted fully from the gums. In the case of regular extractions, we can see the crown of the tooth before we begin. They often do not require stitches during the healing process.
Caring for your surgical site is important.
- Gently clean the area.
- Avoid smoking or drinking through a straw.
- Avoid chewing on the area during the healing process.
- Follow aftercare instructions given by your dentist.
Contact us to book an evaluation to get important answers regarding your oral health and smile.
Post Operative Instructions:
After the extraction a blood clot will form in the socket were the tooth used to be, this is NOT to be disturbed by vigorous rinsing or poking the site with your tongue or finger as it is a very important part of the healing process.
If the socket does start to bleed after you have left the dental practice, place a clean tissue or handkerchief over the extraction site and apply pressure by biting down, the bleeding will normally stop within a few minutes. Again do NOT disturb the blood clot. If the bleeding does persist please contact your dentist for further advice.
Your mouth will still be numb for an hour or so after the local anaesthetic, please take care not to bite your cheek or tongue or burn your mouth when drinking hot liquids.
Avoid Smoking and Alcohol for 24 hours as these can have an effect on the healing process
You may be in discomfort after the anaesthetic has worn off, taking a household painkiller will help (headache tablet) following the manufactures instructions. Do NOT take Aspirin as this may cause the socket to bleed.