Surgical Tooth Extraction
Tooth extractions are a common dental procedure that includes the removal of a tooth from its socket. This usually happens because of trauma to a tooth from an injury, deep decay, gum disease or overcrowding. There are generally two different types of extraction process: the first is a simple extraction of a tooth that is visible in the mouth while the second is a surgical extraction for those teeth that are only partially erupted or have broken under the gum line. Despite this being a very commonplace procedure, surgical tooth extraction can still cause a lot of anxiety for patients. Being better informed about the procedural steps and what to expect after can relieve some of the anxiety.
What does surgical tooth extraction involve?
Surgical extractions are performed under local anaesthesia in the dentist’s chair or under general anaesthesia in an operating theatre. Several factors can affect which procedure type is best but the choice of which happens will depend on the patient and the dentist’s recommendation. To help decide which kind of extraction is necessary, you will likely be sent for an x-ray and your surgeon will thoroughly examine the area to decide on the best treatment plan. Then, an incision is made to the gum which allows the tooth room to be extracted. In some cases, removing some of the surrounding bone may also be necessary or the tooth itself may need to be broken into parts to reduce damage to surrounding tissue. When the tooth is out, your dentist will inspect the site for any bone fragments that may need to be removed or smoothed to ensure no discomfort after the extraction. Following that, you’ll get a few stitches in your gum and one of our dentists will talk you through the steps of the healing process.
Tooth removal recovery
The time to recover from a surgical tooth removal will vary from patient to patient depending on the severity of the injury or decay, however, it is always recommended to take at least 24 hours off from work or any other activities.
It’s best to stick to eating soft foods such as ice cream and yoghurt while staying away from hot or spicy foods or drinking through a straw for a few days following the procedure. Pain relief may also be necessary for a couple of days after the extraction to help reduce swelling.
Avoid speaking, chewing or drinking for the first two hours after surgery while the gauze pad is in your mouth to stop the bleeding. You should also avoid brushing your teeth for 12 hours and when you do, avoid the extraction area until your dentist says it is safe to do so.
While the wound is still fresh, you should only be rinsing your mouth with room temperature water and salt. If bleeding persists following your surgical tooth extraction, please call our team at Tooth Crusader on (02) 8097 1838.
At Tooth Crusader, we recognise the anxiety some patients will feel when visiting the dentist for a check-up, let alone a surgical tooth extraction. We will do everything we can to make you feel comfortable and are more than happy to explain the steps of the procedure during your next appointment. If you are experiencing any pain in your teeth or gums, please give us a call on (02) 8097 1838 or book an appointment today. We will perform a thorough oral examination to ensure you’re getting the dental care you need.