Why would I need a Tooth Extraction?
The reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted include significant decay or damage to the tooth, gum disease, extensive tooth cracks, and poor positioning or functionality.Learn more
Basic Tooth Extraction includes:
Removal of tooth
Frequently asked questions
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A basic tooth extraction involves removing a tooth in the dental chair without the need for oral surgery, suturing (stitches), sedation or general anaesthesia. The tooth is numbed with a localised anaesthetic to make the procedure more comfortable for you. Without any unexpected complications, (teeth can sometimes be unpredictable) removing the tooth can often be completed in less than 10 minutes. Most of the appointment is spent waiting for the tooth and the surrounding area to feel numb.
Your Dentist will discuss whether temporary mild pain relief is recommended.
A basic tooth extraction appointment is for the non-surgical removal of one tooth and price includes any x-rays and/or diagnostic tests required to assess the tooth before removal.
If we find your tooth requires a different approach for extraction which is outside the our scope of practice we will recommend a nearby dental professional or specialist who we know and trust.
After a tooth extraction, it is best to eat soft and cool foods such as yogurt, mashed potatoes, smoothies, and ice cream. It is also important to avoid hard, crunchy, or spicy foods, as well as hot liquids and alcohol, for a few days to allow the extraction site to heal properly. It is advisable to follow the specific instructions given by your dentist or oral surgeon for your individual case.
To relieve pain after a tooth extraction, your dentist or oral surgeon may prescribe pain medication or recommend over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. In addition to medication, you can also try the following:
Apply a cold compress to the affected area for 10-20 minutes at a time to reduce swelling and pain.
Rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water to promote healing.
Avoid smoking or using tobacco products, which can slow down the healing process and increase the risk of complications.
Eat soft and cool foods to avoid irritating the extraction site.
Rest and avoid strenuous activity for at least the first 24 hours after the procedure.
It is important to follow the specific instructions given by your dentist or oral surgeon and to contact them if you experience severe or prolonged pain after the procedure.
While many teens and some adults get their wisdom teeth removed, there are other reasons why tooth extraction is necessary during adulthood.
Excessive tooth decay, tooth infection, and crowding can all require a tooth to be extracted. Patients who get braces may need one or two teeth removed to provide room for their teeth to shift into place. Additionally, those who are undergoing chemotherapy or are about to have an organ transplant may need compromised teeth removed in order to keep their mouth healthy.
Tooth extraction is performed by a dentist or oral surgeon and is a relatively quick procedure with either local anaesthesia. Removing visible teeth is a basic extraction. Teeth that are broken, below the surface, or impacted require a more involved procedure.
Your tooth extraction will either be basic or surgical, depending on whether your tooth is visible or impacted.
You will receive a local anesthetic, which numbs the area around your tooth so you'll feel only pressure, not pain, during the procedure. The dentist then uses an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth and forceps to remove it.
It normally takes a few days to recover from a tooth extraction. The following steps help ensure that your recovery goes smoothly.
Apply an ice pack to your cheek directly after the procedure to reduce swelling. Use the ice pack for 10 minutes each time
After the dentist places the gauze pad over the affected area, bite down to reduce bleeding and to aid in clot formation. Leave the gauze on for three to four hours, or until the pad is soaked with blood
Take any medications as prescribed, including over-the-counter painkillers
Rest and relax for the first 24 hours. Do not jump immediately into your regular routine the following day
Don't use a straw for the first 24 hours
Don't rinse for 24 hours after the tooth extraction, and spit only gently
Use pillows to prop your head up when you lie down
Brush and floss your teeth like normal, but avoid the extraction site
The day after the procedure, eat soft foods, such as yogurt, pudding, and applesauce
After 24 hours, add a half-teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of warm water to rinse out your mouth
As you heal over the next few days, you can slowly reintroduce other foods into your diet
If you are experiencing pain that isn't going away after several days or signs of an infection —including fever, pain, and pus or drainage from the incision — make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.
013 Oral examination – limited x 1
022 Intraoral radiograph – per exposure x 2 (if needed)
311 Removal of a tooth or part(s) thereof x 1
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