We will only remove your tooth when there is no other option available or suitable.
If a tooth extraction is required, it will only be performed if there is:
- A tooth damaged from trauma;
- A tooth damaged from tooth decay;
- A crowded space in your mouth;
- Infection/risk of infection.
Tooth extractions can also be a part of a larger dental procedure including the extraction of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic or Invisalign® treatment, however we emphasise that we only take this option if absolutely necessary. As professional dentists we will not extract a tooth if there is a way to save the tooth.
We can offer you laughing gas, sleep sedation or general aesthetic to make your experience as comfortable as possible.
Tooth extractions are reasonably common dental procedures. If you need one, here are some of the most frequently asked questions and their answers!
So your dentist has informed you that you need to have a tooth extracted – now what?
Your dentist will go over the exact reasons why your specific tooth needs to be removed, but it often comes down to irreversible damage such as severe decay or trauma. In most cases, dentists will try to save the tooth first before extracting. However, saving the tooth may not be an option depending on the damage type and severity. In many cases, it’s the wisdom teeth that need to come out; if they’ve grown in problematically, leaving them unaddressed can interfere with the health of other teeth.
Take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions on tooth extractions, and be sure to talk to your dentist if you have any further queries.
What Happens during the extraction?
The actual procedure will greatly depend on the tooth and its position in your mouth.
Some teeth can be simply pulled out once you’ve received anaesthetic. For others, the dentist or oral surgeon will need to make a small incision in the gumline to first expose the tooth, then remove it. You can even have several teeth removed at once, with different specific procedures for each one.
Your dental professional will be able to talk you through exactly what you can expect on the day.
Can my normal dentist perform the extraction?
In many cases, your usual dentist will be able to carry out the extraction in his or her surgery.
However, some scenarios will require a specialist oral surgeon to remove the tooth. Your dentist will refer you to a skilled professional who is best equipped for the removal.
Will I be awake during the tooth extraction?
You’ll talk about the options when you first consult with your dentist or oral surgeon. They’ll make recommendations based on the tooth and the procedure.
Straight-forward extractions usually only require local anaesthetic. However, you are more than welcome to request a different option and talk it over if you are uncomfortable with the idea of being awake during the procedure.
Are there any risks associated with tooth extraction?
There is a small chance that the site of the extraction may become infected. Dental professionals only use sterile equipment and are extremely careful about hygiene, which is why incidences of infections are quite rare.
So long as you follow the proper aftercare instructions, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. This will involve sticking to water rather than coffee, fizzy drinks, or other beverages, eating only soft foods, and being very careful with cleaning the site post-surgery.
What do I do after the surgery?
If you’ve had a local anaesthetic, you’ll be able to drive yourself home. However, if you’ve been sedated for the treatment, you will need to organise for someone else to drive you home safely.
Your dentist will give you hygienic pads or cotton balls to put over the site in case of any bleeding, and you will likely have dental stitches, which dissolve after a few days so you don’t need to return to the office to have them removed.
The site may be tender and sore for a few days following the extraction, but this can be managed with basic over-the-counter pain medicines.
In cases where the tooth has been removed to avoid overcrowding (such as wisdom teeth extractions), you probably won’t have to do anything else. On the other hand, if the tooth that was removed had to go due to decay or other problems, you might need follow-up bookings to review the treatment and discuss your options of an implant or bridge to replace the tooth.