We try our best to ensure our patients are comfortable and stress free whilst undergoing treatment.
Having a permanent tooth extracted should be the last option on your mind unless the tooth cannot be preserved or repaired.
A tooth should be extracted for the following reasons:
- Severe tooth decay, gum disease or an abscess has formed
- Orthodontic treatment is required
- There is root breakage or bone fracture
- The tooth has been infected and there is excruciating pain
- There is crowding of the teeth or food is trapped in the tooth
- The tooth has developed a cyst or ulcer.
Before the extraction…
Anaesthesia will be administered to numb the mouth and reduce discomfort.
During the extraction…
Our dentist will then try to loosen the tooth from its ligament before it can be extracted by moving it back and forth. Once it is loose a pair of forceps and levers is used to move and pull out the tooth.
After the extraction…
Our dentist will then remove, clean and wash out the affected area of any infected tissue or fragments that may have remained during the extraction.
Following an Extraction
An extraction is a surgical wound and it is important to follow these instructions. For questions or concerns following an extraction, please contact us at Main Street Dental in Bacchus Marsh. For medical assistance outside of our clinic hours, please contact your local hospital emergency department. It is important to take care of your mouth following an extraction.
- Bite firmly on the gauze, which is over the wound for 10 minutes and then throw it away.
- Do not disturb the blood clot by sucking or putting your fingers in your mouth. Do not rinse your mouth for at least 6 -8 hours after the extraction.
- You may eat and drink after the removal of the gauze, but hot substances and alcohol should be avoided and smoking discontinued for at least 24 – 48 hours.
- Vigorous activity should be avoided for the remainder of the day.
- The day after the extraction, a mouthwash of salt and water may be used gently, particularly after meals (one teaspoon of salt in a glass of lukewarm water).
- Be careful not to bite your numbed cheek, lip or tongue. Particularly, children.
- If bleeding is severe outside of our clinic hours, obtain aid at your nearest hospital emergency department.
- Take some painkillers such as Panadol as required for pain control. Do not take Aspirin or Disprin as this will prolong bleeding.
- With upper teeth extraction, due to the proximity of the back teeth to the sinus, please take extra care. Do not blow your nose or lift heavy objects off the floor for 24 hours.
Wisdom teeth usually erupt between your late teens and early twenties. In general, between the ages of 16 and 25. Prior to their eruption, they exist in a gelatinous form beneath the surface of your gums.
Not necessarily. Some people do indeed have enough space in their mouths to hold their wisdom teeth without any issues. Though in most cases, many people will experience complications relating to their wisdom teeth. Your dentist will X-ray your jaw and from there, be able to determine whether or not you will need your wisdom teeth extracted.
The good news is that gums heal relatively quickly! It can take up to 2 weeks to recover fully after wisdom teeth removal. Looking after the wound properly can help a person to heal as quickly as possible.