Tooth Extractions In North Lakes
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At Mango Hill Dental, we would prefer to keep your natural teeth. However, there are times in which the best solution is for teeth to be extracted.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
Many people, at one point in their lives, will undergo a dental surgical extraction. It is a common procedure which involves receiving a local anaesthetic to numb your mouth, or a specific area. After the anaesthetic is given, the dentist loosens the tooth and removes it.
Pain and Anxiety
It is normal to feel anxious when going to the dentist, especially when you will be awake during the procedure. We take pain and anxiety management very seriously, so we always discuss your needs and reservations with you to ensure you are completely comfortable for your procedure.
Dental extraction wounds take generally 1 – 2 weeks to heal. During this time, you may experience some bleeding. Although it may appear like a lot, blood mixes with saliva in your mouth, making it seem more than it actually is.
You may also experience increased sensitivity to hot and cold food. Patients are advised to consume soft foods and to limit chewing to the side of their mouth where the tooth was not pulled.
However, your dentist will give you the aftercare information relevant to your individual situation and will provide you with pain-relief scripts if necessary.
Reasons for Extraction
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.
During the pre-extraction procedures, your dentist will ask you to receive teeth x-rays to fully determine your individual situation.
Some of the reasons your teeth may need to be extracted include:
- A crowded mouth
- Infection in the tooth – especially if tooth decay extends to the nerve
- Risk of infection – if the patient is going through chemotherapy or an organ transplant, an infection can be serious
- Unmanageable or severe gum disease (periodontal)
- Wisdom teeth – not all wisdom teeth will need to be removed, but there are times in which they will need removal. Wisdom/molar tooth extraction is necessary when they come out at an awkward or uncomfortable angle, which can lead to infections and decay
- A broken tooth
Before you self-diagnose, come in for a consultation so we can use our expertise and experience to give you a realistic diagnosis and subsequent treatment options.
During a consultation, we can also discuss fees involved for your specific treatment.
If you’d like to find out about tooth extraction at Mango Hill Dental or make an appointment for a consultation, call our friendly team now on (07) 4736 8114 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.
- 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
- 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.