There are several reasons why tooth extraction, or having a tooth pulled, may be necessary. A tooth may be broken or severely damaged beyond repair, or extraction may occasionally be necessary in preparation for braces (such as the removal of a baby tooth), or in preparation for dentures. Extraction is also a common solution for troublesome wisdom teeth, which tend to become impacted (or stuck) much more often than other teeth. A thorough examination and x-rays will be necessary to determine if tooth extraction is the right course of action for you, as it’s important to assess the root and structure of the tooth.
The Tooth Extraction Process
If tooth extraction has been recommended for you, your Dentist will discuss all of the procedure details with you so you understand what is involved. This will include what to expect at your appointment, costs, and post-treatment care.
In most cases, tooth extraction is a quick and straight-forward procedure performed under a local anaesthetic to keep you comfortable and pain-free.
Occasionally, a tooth will need to be extracted under oral surgery. This is most commonly necessary if it has not come through properly or has broken off at the gum line. It will require an incision into the gum to expose the whole tooth. Our Dental Surgeons and in-clinic Oral Surgeon are highly trained and experienced in oral surgery and use the latest techniques to ensure the extraction is successful with minimal risk.
We will give you detailed post-care instructions following your tooth extraction to ensure you stay comfortable and that the healing process goes as smoothly as possible. This may involve pain relief, flushing your mouth with salt water rinses, brushing techniques, eating and drinking recommendations, and making you aware of any symptoms which may be a possible cause for concern. The recovery process following tooth extraction is usually very straight-forward and most patients are mildly uncomfortable for just a few days before things return to normal. We will be in contact with you to make sure that your recovery is on track and answer any questions you may have.
Contact us today to find out more about our tooth extraction services.