Tooth Extractions

Trust the Bonfire Dental team to extract teeth deemed unable to be saved

Removing a tooth from its socket is often carried out for health reasons. Before extraction is considered, your dentist will explore options to try to save the tooth. This may be in the form of a filling, root canal therapy or a dental crown. If a tooth is beyond saving—or is a wisdom tooth—then extraction will be offered.

Some reasons patients have a tooth extracted include:

  • Teeth blocking other teeth from erupting
  • Baby teeth which don’t fall out in time to allow adult teeth to come through
  • Certain medications for cancer and radiation therapy can cause teeth to become infected
  • Wisdom teeth that cause pain, discomfort or crowding

Preparation for tooth extraction

Extracting a tooth isn’t always as simple as pulling a tooth. First, an x-ray needs to be taken of your teeth and jaws. Be sure to bring your medical history and a list of your medications—including supplements and vitamins. In some cases, we may recommend taking antibiotics to be taken before and after surgery.

Types of extractions

There are two types of extractions: simple extraction and surgical extraction.

Simple extraction

A simple extraction is undergone when then tooth can be seen in the mouth, and can be performed by a general dentist. This is done with two instruments: an elevator, used to loosen the tooth, then forceps to remove the tooth.

Surgical extraction

This is a more complex procedure and is used if a tooth has broken off at the gum line or hasn’t come into the mouth yet. This type of extraction is typically done by an oral surgeon;however, it can on occasion be performed by a general dentist.

Simple extractions can be performed under a local anaesthetic. While surgical extractions can require anything form intravenous sedation to general anaesthetic.

What to expect post-extraction

After extraction, you will need to bite down on gauze for between 20 and 30 minutes. The pressure will allow the blood to clot, although you can expect a little bleeding for up to 24 hours post-extraction. For a few days after extraction stick to eating soft and cool foods—as your mouth feels more comfortable start to try other foods.

Tooth Extractions at Bonfire Dental Jindalee

If you would like to know more about tooth extractions, or to request an appointment, please contact us today.