Whilst the thought of a tooth extraction might not be pleasant, it can sometimes be a necessary dental procedure. At A Dentist on Centre in Bentleigh we understand the natural anxiety that such a procedure can cause and utilise pain-avoidance techniques to make the tooth extraction experience as painless and as stress-free as possible.
If you are concerned about your teeth then a full dental check-up will reveal any problems and you can discuss the entire range of treatments with your dentist.
Do you need a tooth extraction?
Tooth extraction may be needed for a number of reasons such as:
- Damaged teeth that may be beyond repair
- Teeth that suffer from severe periodontal disease (a consequence of gum disease that causes bone loss)
- Infected teeth that would no longer benefit from root canal treatment
- To relieve an overcrowded mouth, perhaps before the fitting of braces
- To remove malpositioned teeth or teeth that are no longer functioning
- "baby teeth" that may not be falling out.
Where possible, we would always try to save your tooth and view tooth extraction as the very last resort. However, if there is no other way of saving that tooth or if it is having a detrimental effect on the health of your remaining teeth we will sit down and work out a suitable treatment plan, giving you plenty of time to ask questions.
We welcome you to get in touch
If you suspect you need an extraction or have a toothache, contact our Bentleigh dental clinic for reliable and efficient tooth extractions and take the first step toward a healthier smile.
Our team at A Dentist On Centre is here to make the process as painless and stress-free as possible.
Care Instructions Following an Extraction
1. Bite firmly on the gauze pad for 10 minutes then dispose of the gauze into a rubbish bin.
2. Do not disturb the socket by probing with fingers, food or any objects.
3. Avoid rinsing, spitting or gargling with fluids for the first 24 hours, as the turbulence created can recommence the bleeding.
4. If bleeding occurs bite firmly on the spare gauze or a dry teabag for 20 minutes. Tissues and cotton wool tend to stick to the socket and should not be used.
5. Do not smoke for 24 hours.
6. Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours.
7. Avoid vigorous exercise for 24 hours.
8. A certain amount of swelling is normal following surgery. Pain should be controlled by 2 Panadol taken 4hourly. If pain is not controlled by this, Nurofen, 2 tablets taken 8 hourly can be taken.
Nurofen should not be taken if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a history of peptic ulcer or gastric intolerance.
9. A soft food semi-liquid diet is recommended initially.
10. If any problems or queries arise, please do not hesitate to ring the surgery on 9557 9444.
On The Day After The Extraction
It is recommended that salt and warm water mouth rinses may be used after each meal to reduce any swelling and aid in healing.
(Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water)