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Whilst tooth extractions are not generally the first choice for treating dental issues, sometimes a tooth may need to be removed.

There are a number of reasons a tooth may need to be extracted:

– Is non-restorable, badly decayed or has split
– Is effected by severe gum disease (periodontal disease)
– Is impacted, which often happens with wisdom teeth, or
– Teeth requiring removal for orthodontic treatment.

In many cases dental extractions can be done in the chair during a regular appointment. Your dentist will first go through your medical history and discuss any medications you may be taking. It is likely your dentist will then take an x-ray of the tooth to assess the tooth and determine if any other treatment options are available. If extraction is the treatment plan decided upon, this x-ray will also help the dentist determine the best way to remove the tooth. During this time your dentist will also discuss what types of replacement options are available, such as a dental implant, bridgework or a partial denture.

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Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Your dentist will go through a number of post-operative instructions with you and make sure you are feeling alright before you leave the practice. Our friendly staff will call the next day to see how you are feeling and are on hand to answer questions you may have or refer back to your dentist.

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Prior to removing the tooth the dentist will apply a numbing gel to the surrounding area before giving a local anaesthetic injection. Once the anaesthetic begins working it will block all feeling to the area so you don’t feel any pain.

The dentist will make sure you are completely numb before beginning the procedure. In chair gas sedation known as ‘happy gas’ can also be provided to make you feel calm and relaxed during treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you drink after a tooth extraction?

Yes you can, in fact it is a good idea to have a cold drink with paracetamol about 30 minutes after your extraction. This way the pain killer has started to kick in when the anaesethetic has worn off, which is better than waiting for the anaesethetic to wear off first. Avoid drinking anything hot as you could burn your mouth and not realise. Avoid alcohol for at least 48 hours after an extraction.

Is it safe to exercise after tooth extraction? Why or why not?

It is best to avoid exercise for at least 24 hours after your tooth extraction, this includes heavy lifting and other strenuous activities because there is a risk the wound can open up and cause bleeding.

How long does it take to heal after a tooth extraction?

Healing times after a tooth extraction will vary from patient to patient, depending on age of the patient, difficulty of the extraction, their medical conditions and medications they are taking, which tooth is being taken out and smoking/alcohol consumption. Generally, after an extraction the site will be sore from 1 day to 1 week. After an extraction, avoid alcohol and smoking for at least 48 hours.

What options are there to replace a missing tooth?

There are many ways to replace a missing tooth, your dentist would be the best person to speak to in terms of planning a replacement for a missing tooth for your particular circumstances. In terms of options, if the patient would prefer a removable (can be taken out of the mouth) option a denture would be a consideration. Dentures are great for replacing many teeth at once. If a fixed (cannot be removed from the mouth) option is your preference, then you can speak to your dentist about a dental implant or a bridge.
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Wollongong Dental Practice - Dentist

Wollongong

60 Crown St, Wollongong
(02) 4228 6611

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Unanderra

27 Central Rd, Unanderra
(02) 4271 1468

Figtree Dental Practice - Dentist

Figtree

1 Bellevue Rd, Figtree
(02) 4229 6482
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90 Central Av, Oak Flats
(02) 4256 1087

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