Tooth Extraction


Tooth Extraction

Aside from wisdom teeth removal, there are various reasons why tooth extraction might be a necessary solution as an adult.

When a tooth is too severely damaged that it cannot be saved through restorative dental measures such as a filling, tooth crown or bridge, it is possible your dentist will recommend for the tooth to be removed in its entirely. Tooth infection, decay or overcrowding can all be cause for a tooth extraction procedure.

Instant Cosmetic & Dental Surgery will make sure your tooth extraction treatment is performed with the highest skill and care possible. We will thoroughly review your medical and dental history to ascertain whether tooth extraction is the best way forward.

Tooth Extraction Process

If it has been determined that you require a tooth removed, there are two types of extraction procedures you might have. The first is a simple extraction, which is where we provide you with a local anaesthetic to numb your mouth for the treatment. Your dentist will then loosen the tooth and remove it using forceps. In some cases, stitches are required to close the gum over the extracted area.

The second type of procedure is a surgical extraction. This slightly more complicated method is used when a tooth has not broken above the gumline yet. It requires the dentist to create a small incision in the gum and remove the underlying tooth.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

It’s important follow your tooth extraction aftercare instructions carefully to ensure the healing process is quick and smooth:

  • Directly following the procedure, your dentist will ask you to bite gently down on a piece of disinfected gauze to stop the bleeding. This might take half an hour to an hour to hold.
  • Over the course of the following 24 hours, you will be asked to not smoke, rinse or clean your teeth near the extracted area. After 24 hours, you can then rinse your mouth out with warm water and salt every few hours or when needed.
  • You should restrict rigorous activity, as well as hot liquids, hard foods or sucking out of a straw until feeling better.
  • We will recommend pain killers such as Panadol and the use of ice packs to help with any swelling or pain in the days following.
  • Continue to gently brush and floss your teeth as normal but be sure to avoid the extracted area.

If there have been any sutures made on the extraction site, we will book you in within seven to ten days to have them removed. The initial healing process should take one to two weeks. For any prolonged pain, swelling, bleeding or signs of infection, contact us immediately.

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