There are a variety of conditions that call for a tooth extraction. At Central Brunswick Dental Centre we perform these procedures whenever tooth decay, tooth infection or crowding have resulted in poor dental health. We can also remove wisdom teeth if necessary. Extraction is performed at our clinic using either local, general or intravenous anaesthesia. The type of sedation used depends on the severity of the condition.
Removing teeth is usually a simple outpatient procedure involving extraction only. In the event that a tooth is broken, below the surface of gums or severely damaged, a more involved procedure may be necessary.
Simple extraction requires the use of local anaesthetic before the procedure. Surgical extraction requires both local and intravenous anaesthesia. For this, your dentist will make a small incision in your gum and may need to remove bone around the tooth or cut the tooth down to a more manageable size before it is removed.
Prior to the extraction, your dentist will take an X-ray image of your mouth to get a better grasp on the best technique to use during extraction.
Because tooth extractions can require sedation, it’s very important that you tell your doctor about any medications you take as well as any other underlying health problems you have. You might be prescribed antibiotics in the days proceeding the procedure if the surgery is expected to take a long time, you have an infection or another medical condition.
It usually takes a few days to recover fully from a tooth extraction procedure. Your cheeks and jaw can sometimes swell up after the procedure to a small extent. Applying an ice pack can assist with any pain and help to reduce swelling. Medications may also be prescribed by your dentist, including over the counter painkillers.
If you are suffering from tooth decay, tooth infection or overcrowding, contact Central Brunswick Dental Centre to book an appointment today. Our practice is open Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. Call us today on 07 3216 1100 to book your first appointment or to schedule a regular check-up with our dentists.