Routine Dental Tooth Extractions
Dental Extractions with a Modern Touch
Teeth removal may require extraction if it has decayed extensively or has been excessively damaged. The other most common cause is trauma that fractures the tooth. Under such circumstances, removing the tooth may be advisable. It’s a common dental procedure and doesn’t need to be considered painful. The tooth extractions performed at our practice are quick, requiring minimal aftercare.
What to Expect from Surgical Tooth Extractions
We’ll perform a comprehensive evaluation to ensure that an extraction is your best possible option. Your history will be carefully reviewed to ensure it is appropriate for you. Then, local anaesthesia is applied, which allows you to stay comfortable during the extraction.
Your dentist will see how much you can feel to ensure you’re numb before proceeding. If you wish, you can have someone drive you to and from your appointment, though it is unnecessary.
Cost of Tooth Extraction
Depending on the complexity of the extraction, the cost can range from a straightforward tooth extraction which starts from $220, to difficult surgical extractions, which can be up to $500.
Advice for Aftercare
When we’ve completed the procedure, you’ll be given aftercare instructions to manage any discomfort. There are a few simple tips you can follow for the best recovery:
- Apply gauze. It’s normal if the extraction site takes some time to heal. If necessary, gauze can be put on the area and replaced regularly.
- Avoid brushing. Though the rest of your teeth still need attention, don’t brush the extraction, as it will disrupt your healing.
- Do not rinse. For 24 hours afterwards, avoid rinsing your mouth. A mild salt solution can gently wash the extraction site on the second day.
- Eat soft foods. For one to two days afterwards, having foods like mashed potatoes, soup or milkshakes may help the extraction site to heal quickly.
- Get some rest. Though we have busy lives, it’s important to give your body time to heal. Rest, recuperate and avoid strenuous activities.
- Take Ibuprofen. If you prefer another type of painkiller, check with your dentist to be sure it’s appropriate, as we do not recommend aspirin. It thins your blood, and we aim to have your empty socket clot as quickly as possible.
As with all of our preventative dental care, we aim to ensure that your teeth are looked after in the best possible way for the long-term.
Common Questions Related to Routine Tooth Extractions
I’ve damaged my front tooth; does it need to be removed?
Here at Brighton Dental Suite, our dentists will thoroughly assess the damage to your front teeth and provide you with the best option to treat it. An extraction may not be necessary the only way, and we aim to save your teeth wherever possible.
How much will it cost to extract a tooth?
Depending on the complexity of the extraction, the cost can range from a straightforward extraction which starts from $220, to difficult surgical extractions, which can be up to $500.
Will my tooth need to be removed
A thorough assessment will take place to know where a tooth needs to be extracted. This may include tests such as X-rays. Your dentist will then go through the situation and provide treatment options that suit you.
Will it be painful to remove a damaged tooth?
Local anaesthesia will be applied to the damaged tooth to ensure you do not feel pain during the extraction. Sometimes more anaesthetic is required to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible during the tooth removal process. It is expected to feel pressure or pushing rather than pain.
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
Recovery time after a tooth has been extracted can vary from person to person depending on factors such as age, medical history and the difficulty of the extraction. Typically, it will take around 1 to 2 weeks for it to “settle down” and for you to be able to use that area again.
What type of damage will require a tooth to be removed?
Normally the tooth is beyond repair if it needs to be removed. This can be in situations such as extensive decay, making the tooth unrestorable, or extreme periodontal infection where no bone remains to hold onto the tooth anymore. However, sometimes we would remove a tooth to prevent future problems, such as an impacted wisdom tooth or orthodontic extractions to make room for crowded teeth. If the damaged tooth is a child’s tooth, it will more than likely remove it, ensuring that the new adult is not damaged.
What do I do after the tooth has been removed?
After an extraction, your dentist will go through aftercare instructions to ensure you can recover without complications. This will include instructions for pain control, eating, drinking, bleeding and cleansing the wound after the extraction.
More importantly, options to replace the tooth once it has been removed will be discussed to get you smiling and chewing normally again as soon as possible.
Dental Phobes Welcome
We’ve found that one of the best ways you can beat dental anxiety is by being well-informed. We’ll answer all your questions and explain each step of the way to you so that you can proceed with confidence during your routine extractions Brighton. We take a gentle approach to our dental care to ensure your comfort.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment! Health funds are accepted and we are providers for HBF, MDF and Medibank.