Tooth extractions may be required due to severe tooth decay or infection, tooth damage due to breakage, gum disease, impacted growth, to make space for orthodontia, or during childhood, when baby teeth do not fall out quickly enough to create space for emerging adult teeth.
Reasons for Tooth Extractions
Some of the common reasons for extracting tooth are as follows:
Preparation for orthodontia: Preparation for orthodontic treatments usually involves pulling one tooth or a few teeth.
Save space: Wisdom teeth are extracted if there is no place for them in the mouth, or if they become impacted.
Tooth decay or damage: Tooth extraction may be the only choice if a tooth is too decayed or damaged to be restored.
Risk of infection: Extracting teeth may be required if radiation or chemotherapy to the head and neck causes the dental condition.
Types of Tooth Extractions
There two types of tooth extractions:
Simple extraction is the procedure on the teeth are visible in the mouth. The procedure is usually carried out with the patient under local anaesthetic and require the use of instruments to grasp and lift the visible portion of the tooth.
Surgical extraction involves the removal of teeth that can’t be easily accessed.
Procedure for Tooth Extraction
If a tooth needs to be pulled, your Wantirna South dentist will first numb the area to minimise any discomfort by administering local anaesthesia. While local anaesthesia blocks pain, the pressure is still felt.
Some teeth are difficult to remove for many different reasons, including growth direction, shape and roots.
Immediately after the removal procedure a bite pack is used to apply pressure to the tooth socket to stop the bleeding.
Once the procedure is done, your Wantirna South dentist will advise you about any after-care measures to take when you get home.
Usually, a small amount of bleeding is normal. Your mouth will continuously fill the space left by the tooth through the formation of a blood clot.
Tooth Extraction Healing and Recovery
After the tooth extraction procedure, make sure that you follow all your dentist’s instruction for after-care, including the following:
- Have a soft diet until anaesthesia wears off.
- Clean cautiously – Within 24 hours, don’t brush your teeth directly on the area of your tooth extraction. For a few days, if you need to, rinse your mouth carefully.
If you experience redness and inflammation, apply a cold compress or an ice bag against the affected area and call your Wantirna South dentist as soon as possible. Ask your dentist about pain relievers suitable for you.
Tooth Extraction in Wantirna South
Tooth extractions performed at Dr Sachdeva’s dental clinic are safe and worry-free. Your treatment plan is carefully tailored specifically for you!
Visit your Wantirna South dentist for a consultation today!
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Call us at (03) 9800 2338. We are located at 87 Stud Road in Wantirna South.