Dental Extractions

Dental Extractions

From time to time, teeth may need to be extracted (pulled out/removed). This may be necessary if there is significant decay, crowding, or severe damage due to trauma or disease. In some cases, baby teeth may need to be extracted if they are not falling out on their own or particular teeth may be extracted for orthodontic purposes.

Wisdom teeth are typically removed if they are causing repeated infection, pain or discomfort, if they are decayed (these teeth can be difficult to keep clean), if they are stuck in the jaw (impacted) or if they will cause crowding. Problems with wisdom teeth will usually be apparent during a regular exam or with an x-ray but also feel free to speak to a member of our team if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort and we will advise you if the extraction of your wisdom teeth is recommended. For difficult extractions, we will refer you to see an oral surgeon.

These teeth usually appear around the late teenage years but sometimes even later. Today, people often have jaws that are too small for all 32 teeth – most people have room for around 28 teeth. If you already have 28 healthy teeth, there may not be enough room for your wisdom teeth to come through properly and so in certain cases, we may recommend that they be extracted.

Dental Extraction Procedure

We will first numb the area to prevent discomfort. You will feel pressure while you tooth is being removed, but you should not be in any pain. In simple cases, your tooth will be taken out in one piece. However, in cases where the tooth is broken down or impacted (growing in the wrong direction), we may need to widen the hole and reduce the tooth to a number of smaller pieces (surgical).

Following extraction, it is normal to experience some pain, swelling and minor bleeding. You will be advised on how to manage these anticipated conditions. For pain, an over-the-counter ibuprofen pain reliever is normally sufficient to reduce pain and swelling (unless contra-indicated). For bleeding, we will give you some gauze pieces to place on the wound with pressure for 10 minutes. We will ensure that you have stopped bleeding prior to leaving our clinic.

Dental Extractions FAQs

Why would I need a Dental Extraction?

At JME Dental we endeavour to save your own natural teeth at all costs, but sometimes its necessary to extract a tooth. There are a number of reasons why you would need a dental extraction including a badly decayed, cracked or damaged tooth, a loose tooth due to gum disease, overcrowding in your mouth or an impacted wisdom tooth that is causing you problems.

Is a Dental Extraction painful?

The short answer is no, a dental extraction is not painful as your dentist will numb your mouth using local anaesthetic before commencing the dental extraction procedure. The worst thing you may feel is a little uncomfortable due to the pushing and pulling of your tooth that will take place.

How long does it take to recover from a Dental Extraction?

The time required for recovery after a Dental Extraction will generally depend on your overall health and whether you had a routine or surgical extraction. Generally speaking we find that our patients may experience a bit of discomfort for 1 to 2 days after their dental extraction, but if you follow the post procedure care instructions provided by our team, the recovery process will be very manageable.