Experts on Tooth Extractions in Melbourne
If you’ve got a tooth extraction coming up, you probably feel relieved that your symptoms will be gone soon! Still, it’s common to be nervous about a tooth extraction as well. If you’re a bit unsure about the surgery process, there’s no need to panic. The dentists at our practice are highly skilled at performing affordable dental surgeries for our patients.
What is the Tooth Extraction Procedure?
Compared to other types of surgery, a tooth extraction procedure is not very invasive and for most individuals, a very low-risk type of surgery. Here are the basic steps:
- The dentist will give you an injection of a local anaesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. If you feel particularly anxious, feel free to discuss with our dentists. We do offer a range of sedation techniques to put at ease .
- If the tooth is impacted, we’ll cut away gum and bone tissue that cover the tooth.
- Then, using forceps, we’ll gently rock the tooth back and forth to loosen it.
- We’ll extract the tooth all at once or in pieces.
- Finally, we’ll close the area with stitches if we think you need them.
Does Getting A Tooth Pulled Hurt?
During a tooth extraction, the use of local or general anaesthesia means patients feel no pain. In the days after surgery, some patients may experience pain at the extraction site. We usually instruct use of over-the-counter medications to relieve this. We occasionally give prescriptions for pain management. Most patients can resume their normal activities within 48 hours. Be advised that it is unsafe to use tobacco, even smokeless tobacco, for 24 hours after a tooth extraction. Tobacco use can irritate and dry out the extraction site, causing a painful condition known as “dry socket”.
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After extraction, nutritious smoothies and soft foods will keep you satisfied while you heal.
How to Prepare for Oral Surgery
Before a tooth extraction, you’ll want to be prepared. There are a few things to think about that we’ll go over in person, but here are some key points to keep in mind:
- The eating and drinking rules before and after surgery
- Wear comfortable clothing to your appointment
- Arrange transportation for home if you’re opting for sedation/sleep dentistry.
- Make sure you have soft foods to eat at home for the days following your extraction.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
After a tooth extraction, you may experience light bleeding or swelling for 24 hours. It is common for swelling to continue up to a week after surgery. Cold compresses on the face can help control swelling. Cleaning your mouth after surgery usually involves light brushing and/or a light rinse with an oral debriding agent. Complications from dental surgeries are very rare, but they can happen! It’s important to call your dentist if you experience a fever or continuous bleeding after surgery.
It’s really not so bad.
When To Pull A Tooth
Even though our permanent teeth are supposed to last for our adult life, there are a variety of reasons that make a dentist decide to pull a tooth. The most common reasons for extraction are tooth damage from decay or injury, infection of the root or gums, or a very overcrowded mouth.
Anxious To Schedule An Extraction? Don’t Be!
Communication is key to developing a dentist-patient relationship based on trust, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. Our team of oral health experts is ready to talk you through all the steps of your tooth extraction, so you know exactly what to expect. Call today and see how easy it can be to discuss your dental health.
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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.