Simple Tooth Extraction

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

  • Poor positioning or functionality

What is a basic tooth extraction?

Our fixed price tooth extraction treatment: 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.

Our Fixed Price 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.

Actual Cost (from average dental clinic $220 - $300+)

Our Fixed Price tooth extractions $179

Why are teeth removed?

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 simple extraction. Teeth that are broken, below the surface, or impacted require a more involved procedure.

What is the procedure for a tooth extraction?

Your tooth extraction will either be simple or surgical, depending on whether your tooth is visible or impacted.

Simple (Basic) extraction

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.

What is the recovery period from a tooth extraction?

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 smoke

  • 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.