Extractions

Gentle and caring

At Mango Hill Dental, we would prefer to keep your natural teeth if we can but sometimes, the best solution is for teeth to be extracted. We take pain and anxiety management very seriously so we will always discuss your needs and reservations with you and ensure you are completely comfortable for your procedure.

Before we decide to do a tooth extraction, we will investigate other options like root canal, antibiotics or more regular cleaning and dental management. If these options aren’t working or aren’t appropriate for the state of your teeth and gums, then extraction will be considered.

Some of the reasons your teeth may need to be extracted include:

  • A crowded mouth
  • Infection – especially if tooth decay extends to the nerve
  • Risk of infection – if going through chemotherapy or organ transplant as infection can be serious
  • Unmanageable gum disease (periodontal)

Before you self diagnose, come in for a consultation so we can use our expertise and experience to allay your fears and give you a realistic diagnosis and subsequent treatment options.

Recovery
  • Bite down firmly on gauze packs in the first hour. Do not change
  • Gently change gauze every 30-45 minutes thereafter as needed
  • Expect bleeding for 24-48 hours post surgery – blood mixes with saliva making it seem like it’s bleeding a lot but it most often isn’t
  • Expect some bruising at the site after a couple of days
  • Jaw might be sore due to having your mouth open for the length of the procedure
  • Hot, cold and pressure sensitivity may be present for a few days or weeks
Aftercare
  • Avoid food and drinks until after anaesthetic wears off
  • Avoid using a straw to drink
  • Avoid smoking
  • Brush and floss your teeth carefully
  • Rinse your mouth regularly and gently with warm salty water the next day only
  • Take pain medication if needed – speak to your dentist about what you can take

*If symptoms of a dry socket arise, contact Mango Hill Dental to arrange a clean and special dressing to help resolve the issue. Dry socket can sometimes occur after a tooth extraction if the blood clot that fills the wound falls out leaving the bone exposed. It can be very painful so paracetamol and ibuprofen are suggested for pain relief and swelling reduction.

The gum can take around 3-4 weeks to completely heal while the bone can take up to 6 months. Recovery times will depend on the individual and how simple the extraction was.

Avoid rinsing your mouth for the first 24 hours after an extraction to allow the blood to clot over the extraction site. From the second day, you should rinse your mouth with a cup of warm water with 1 teaspoon of salt mixed in, 5-6 times per day.

Alcohol can delay healing and increase bleeding so it’s best to avoid it for as long as possible or at least 24 hours after your extraction.

A small amount of bleeding is normal and can often look like more because of the saliva in your mouth. If you notice substantial bleeding, bite down on a clean piece of cotton for around 15 minutes and change if cotton becomes soaked through. If excessive bleeding persists for 2 hours or more, contact Mango Hill Dental for advice.