It is so common that every dentist must be able to perform it effectively.
At Preston Supreme Dental, we strive to ensure that our patients maintain their complete set of natural teeth.
But there are situations where we are left with no choice but resort to tooth extraction.
When this happens, your dentists at Preston Supreme Dental are here to provide you with practical solutions.
Reasons for Extracting Teeth
Overcrowded mouth. Overcrowding can require tooth extraction to prepare the patient for orthodontia. Aligning teeth isn’t possible if they are too big for your mouth. Also, if a tooth can’t erupt through the gum, you may need to have a tooth extracted.
Infection. If your tooth is rotten and the damage spreads to the sensitive parts of the tooth like the pulp, you may be prone to infection.
Root canal therapy can correct this condition, but if not, extraction may be needed to prevent further complications.
Risk of Infection. If you are currently receiving treatments like chemotherapy or have received an organ transplant, you may be required to have your tooth pulled. These treatments can cause high risks in your immune system.
Gum Disease. Periodontal (gum) disease is the infection of the surrounding tissues and bones of the teeth. This infection may cause loosening of the tooth, leading to later extraction.
Preparation for Tooth Extraction
Before extracting your tooth, you will undergo an X-ray and a discussion with your dentist. Be sure to tell your dentist about any medications you are currently taking and your medical history, for this is something your dentist must be aware of.
For simple extraction, your dentist will give you a local anaesthetic, which numbs the area surrounding your tooth. This will help you feel nothing but pressure during the procedure. Your dentist will use forceps to remove your tooth.
For surgical extractions, you will likely receive local and IV anaesthesia. Local anaesthesia numbs the area around our tooth while the IV helps keep you calm and relaxed.
Your general dentist or oral surgeon will cut through your gum with a small incision and remove a portion of your bone to reach and extract your tooth.
Recovery After Tooth Extraction
Your recovery will depend on the severity of the procedure. Typically, recovery takes only a few days. While staying home for recovery, follow these steps to minimise discomfort, reduce the risk of infection, and speed up the recovery process:
- Take a painkiller.
- Allow a clot to form in the tooth socket. Avoid rinsing and forcefully spitting to avoid dislodging the blood clot that forms in the socket.
- To minimise swelling, apply an ice pack to the affected area. Do this for 10 minutes.
- Limit bite activity for the next 24 hours after the extraction.
- Rinse your mouth with a solution made of salt and lukewarm water.
- Eat soft foods after the extraction. This helps the extraction site heal faster.
Tooth Extraction at Preston Supreme Dental
Tooth extractions performed at Preston Supreme Dental are guaranteed safe and effective. Your treatment plan is carefully tailored only for you!
Same Day Dental Emergency Appointment Available!
Call (03) 9478 7708 or visit us at 243 Murray Road in Preston.
- Same day emergency appointments are available upon request
- All insurances are accepted with HICAPS. As a preferred provider for NIB, CBHS and HCF
We are located across Woolworths Supermarket and beside Preston Market
Easily accessible via public transportation (bus stop within walking distance)