TOOTH EXTRACTION: IMPORTANT THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Tooth Extraction Melbourne CBD
Tooth extraction is the process of removing a tooth from the bone, and we would only recommend it as a last resort.
It is a common procedure where a tooth is removed from the mouth due to several reasons.
Tooth extractions may be performed due to severe tooth decay or infection, tooth damage due to breakage, severe periodontal disease, impacted wisdom teeth, to make space for orthodontic treatment, or during childhood, when baby (temporary) teeth don’t fall out quickly enough to create space for developing adult teeth.
Reasons for Extracting a Tooth
There can be several different reasons for tooth extraction. We are always happy to discuss any dental treatment with you, including extraction.
Dental Trauma or Disease
In both of these situations, your Melbourne CBD dentist can save the tooth in several ways.
The affected tooth might need a dental crown, a root canal treatment, or both.
But sometimes even these are not enough to keep the tooth functioning and looking good; it might be better to extract the tooth and replace it with a durable and lifelike replacement.
Teeth are extracted when there are too many of them for the size of the jaws; a situation also called crowding.
After an adequate amount of space is made through the extraction of one or more teeth, the remaining teeth can be aligned properly through orthodontic treatment.
The teeth most frequently extracted for orthodontic reasons are the first premolars.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Early wisdom teeth removal can prevent damage to neighbouring healthy teeth, bone, gum tissue, even nerves and blood vessels.
If the impacted wisdom tooth is in a wrong position, it’s best to remove it before its roots are fully formed.
If a temporary tooth is out of position or not lost in the right sequence, the permanent tooth underneath might not come out normally.
In this case, removing the baby tooth prevents a need for orthodontic treatment later on.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
Tooth extraction will either be simple or surgical, depending on the position of the tooth.
You will receive a local anaesthetic, so you’ll feel only pressure, not pain, during the procedure. Your Melbourne CBD dentist then uses an elevator to loosen the tooth and forceps to remove it.
You will likely receive both local anaesthesia and intravenous anaesthesia, the latter of which makes you calm and relaxed. You may also receive general anaesthesia, depending on any medical conditions. With general anaesthesia, you will remain unconscious during the procedure.
Your Melbourne CBD dentist will make a small incision into your gums. We may need to remove bone around your tooth or cut your tooth before it can be extracted.
After Tooth Extraction Care
Here are some tips to follow for an easier recovery:
- Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing.
- Don’t smoke or rinse your mouth harshly.
- Avoid drinking with a straw for 24 hours.
- Strictly follow the diet your dentist suggests.
For the first few days after the procedure, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently.
If you experience swelling in the area, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag and call your Melbourne CBD dentist right away.
Tooth Extraction in Melbourne CBD
Whether you need to have one tooth or multiple teeth extracted, it can be done here in our office for most cases.
Your Melbourne CBD dentist at Art De Dente will work closely with you to find the perfect treatment plan for you.
We are located at Level 17, 190 Queen Street in Melbourne CBD.