Tooth Extractions 2018-10-24T23:22:52+00:00

TOOTH EXTRACTIONS

We only extract teeth if there’s no other option

Our dentists will always try to save a healthy tooth whenever we can. But if a tooth is too badly damaged to be repaired with a root canal or a filling, we may recommend extraction for the good of your overall oral health.

At Sydney Park Dental, we offer tooth extractions for children and adults, including wisdom teeth removal. Extractions may sometimes be performed as preparation for another treatment, such as fitting dentures.

We always use local anaesthesia to numb the pain during extractions. We’ll also discuss options for filling the gap with natural-looking replacement teeth to help restore your smile, such as a fixed bridge or denture.

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Why do teeth need to be removed?

If any of your teeth have been badly damaged by decay, trauma or an infection, our dentists will examine your mouth and take x-rays to see if there’s a chance of repairing the tooth. In many cases, even a tooth that’s been badly damaged may be restored with root canal therapy or by placing a crown or filling. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible.

A severely damaged or infected tooth can affect your ability to eat and speak, as well as your appearance. It can also increase your risk of developing further oral health problems. That’s why we recommend extracting teeth that are too badly damaged to repair, and replacing them with a lifelike artificial tooth to restore your smile.

We also recommend removing wisdom teeth if these are causing problems in your mouth, or may be likely to do so in the future.

How are teeth extracted?

Tooth extraction is one of the most common dental procedures. Most teeth can simply be loosened and gently removed using forceps, but teeth that are badly damaged or stuck in the gum may require minor oral surgery, as our dentists need to access the tooth root below the gum line. If oral surgery is needed, we’ll make sure the site is fully sterilised to prevent infection and seal the gum using self-dissolving stitches.

Like most dental treatments, extractions are performed under local anaesthesia to numb pain in the part of your mouth being treated. If you need to have more than one tooth pulled, we may be able to perform multiple extractions in the same appointment. This depends on the status of your oral health and where the teeth are located in your mouth.

Do you remove wisdom teeth?

Yes. Our dentists can remove the upper wisdom teeth at our Erskineville clinic. Removing the lower wisdom teeth can be more complex, so we may refer you to a specialist.

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop in your mouth, and they can sometimes cause problems. They can get stuck (impacted) in the gum, causing pain and a risk of infection.

If your wisdom teeth are causing problems, we’ll recommend having them removed. This can sometimes be as simple as a general extraction, but if the wisdom tooth is impacted in the gum, oral surgery will be needed.

We may recommend early wisdom teeth removal for teenagers and young adults whose wisdom teeth haven’t yet erupted, to help prevent problems such as crowding or infections from happening in the future. This is because wisdom teeth are easier to remove when they’re still developing. Wisdom teeth removal may also be recommended before pregnancy.

What happens after an extraction?

We advise patients to take it easy for the rest of the day following an extraction. You’ll normally be able to drive yourself home if you only had a local anaesthetic, but not if you had another type of sedation.

You may feel some pain and discomfort or swelling during the next few days, which can be managed with over-the-counter medication.

In most cases, you can resume your normal activities the next day. We recommend that you avoid overly hard or crunchy foods, as this may cause discomfort for your sensitive gum. You should still brush and floss your teeth as normal from the following day to keep your mouth free from food and bacteria, taking care to brush gently around the gap.

Unless you had a wisdom tooth removed, or your extraction was due to crowding, we’ll recommend placing an artificial tooth once your gum has had enough time to heal. We’ll arrange a follow-up appointment to discuss your tooth replacement options.

What are the risks?

Complications are rare for dental extractions, as our dentists use sterilised equipment. However, you should still take care with what you eat and drink, keep up with your oral hygiene routine and check the treated site for signs of infection, especially if you had oral surgery.

If your mouth is still bleeding the next day, or you have any other unexpected symptoms, contact us to make an emergency appointment.

How much does an extraction cost?

There’s no standard fee for extractions, as the cost depends on where the tooth is located in your mouth and how complex the procedure is.

Our staff will give you a full breakdown of costs and discuss payment options during your consultation.