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 be necessary in preparation for braces (such as the removal of a baby tooth), or in preparation for dentures. Extraction is also common for wisdom teeth, which tend to be troublesome and become impacted 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 your circumstances.
The Tooth Extraction Process
If tooth extraction has been recommended as a course of action 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, Sleep Dentistry options 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, most commonly 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.
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.
Some patients are extremely nervous about visiting the dentist. We understand that dental anxiety is very real, and we are proud to offer a range of options to alleviate it and make visiting the dentist as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Our Dental Anxiety services include Drift Away Anxiety Management which helps to distract and manage your senses during your appointment, Oral Sedation, Nitrous Oxide or laughing gas, and IV Sedation. Discuss your needs with our experienced Dental Surgeons to find out which of these options might be right for you. Your wellbeing is extremely important to us, and we will work with you to make your dental experience as positive as possible.