Painless Tooth Extractions For The Whole Family
Many people are afraid of the dentist. They don’t want to go through an uncomfortable procedure, or they’re worried about having their teeth extracted.
Dental extractions are still a terrifying thought for many people. Tooth extraction is the removal of an entire tooth from its socket. Surgical intervention will be necessary if the tooth is severely damaged or buried in the jaw. It can be a painful dental experience, and it’s not uncommon for patients to feel soreness or pain in their jaw after having a tooth extracted.
Our experienced dentists at Maylands Dental Centre have extensive training and practice in this area. If you need to have your tooth removed, we’ll make sure that it’s as painless as possible. Hence, you will feel comfortable during and after the extraction process. Our dental team is trained to provide conscious sedation with oral medications or intravenous (IV) sedation. Call us at 08 9370 5464 if you need a tooth extraction. We’ll make sure the process is as comfortable and stress-free for you as possible.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Dental extractions are permanent, irreversible procedures. One of our friendly dental professionals will administer local anaesthesia to numb the area around your teeth so that you feel pressure rather than pain during the procedure. A tooth elevator is usually used to lift the tooth. Dentists use dental forceps to manipulate teeth to expand tooth sockets, much like rocking a tooth back and forth. When a surgical extraction is necessary, a small cut is made into the gum tissue next to the tooth. Tooth extraction may also require the removal of the surrounding bone. Local anaesthesia will make the procedure painless.
A surgical extraction is recommended if the tooth is impacted or below the surface. This is common among wisdom tooth removal procedures. During these more complex tooth extractions, your dentist may administer intravenous (IV) anaesthesia (local or general anaesthesia) to put you to sleep while the affected teeth are extracted. This makes your dental extraction procedure or oral surgery much more comfortable. A surgical extraction is a more complicated tooth extraction procedure that may be performed to remove teeth that have not yet emerged from or have broken off the gum line. Your dentist will make a small cut on your gums. It might be necessary to remove the alveolar bone around your tooth to do so.
Once a tooth is extracted, the gums and jawbone around the extraction site heal. Then, the bone remodels and often shrinks in size. Be sure to take all medications as prescribed, including over-the-counter pain relievers. Brush and floss as you usually do, but avoid the extraction site. Rest for 24 hours after your dental surgery and avoid strenuous activities for a few days. For the first 24 hours after surgery, you should eat soft foods only, such as soup and yoghurt.
The tooth socket will develop a blood clot. This blood clot should not be disturbed since it may cause a painful disease known as “dry socket.” To avoid dislodging the blood clot, avoid gargling; gently spit when rinsing your mouth for 24 hours after surgery.
The remaining teeth may move into the free gap over time, pushing against neighboring teeth and altering your bite and appearance. Your dentist may recommend implants to replace a missing tooth or teeth, depending on your dental health. On the other hand, wisdom teeth do not need to be replaced after wisdom tooth extraction.
The healing process will differ from individual to individual following a tooth extraction. The following factors may affect your recovery and total healing time after an extraction:
- The size of the tooth extracted: A tooth that is extracted will leave a wound correspondingly larger or smaller, depending on its size, such as a molar or an incisor. A larger, deeper, or broader wound will take longer to heal.
- Your medical history and lifestyle: The healing process is influenced by your medical history and lifestyle. If you bruise easily, have diabetes, or smoke regularly, the extraction will take longer to clot and heal.
- Age: The younger you are, the quicker you will heal from this surgery with less bruising, minor swelling, and fewer dental complications than older dental patients.
- Dental condition: Depending on the state of the tooth that was removed, recovery may be slowed. If the tooth is infected, it could lead to periodontal disease or an infection in the gums, delaying healing.
After tooth extraction, there will be an extra space in your bite, which may cause your surrounding teeth to shift out of position. If you want to preserve the spacing between your teeth, we recommend additional treatment to restore them promptly. Various tooth replacement options are available, including dental implants, fixed bridges, and removable partial dentures.
If you lose teeth, your remaining teeth are more likely to be worn out prematurely, increasing the chances of further tooth loss. Having a missing tooth can also make it difficult for you to eat and speak, affecting your psychological well-being and nutrition. Additionally, lost teeth can cause changes in your bite, resulting in headaches and jaw pain.
The following factors affect the cost of tooth extraction:
- Number of teeth that need to be extracted
- The complexity of the procedure (simple extraction or surgical extraction)
- The extent of tooth damage
Pain and bleeding are common after a tooth extraction procedure. However, there are a few risks associated with it:
- Dry socket
- Constant bleeding for more than 12 hours
- Redness and swelling at the surgical site
- Injuries to adjacent teeth
- Nerve injury