We always try to save natural teeth, but sometimes extraction may be the only possible option. A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. It is performed for multiple reasons like:
- Tooth decay involving the infection in nerves and blood vessels in the tooth and where root canal treatment cannot be done.
- Impacted wisdom teeth.
- Orthodontics (braces) – you may have to have teeth extracted to create space and so other teeth can be brought into line.
- Periodontal disease – bacterial infection under the gum can lead to loss of bone resulting in the tooth becoming loose.
- Teeth that have been damaged by trauma.
How the extraction is carried out
Most extractions are done using local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and gum, and the extraction can be done quickly and comfortably. Sometimes you may need surgical extractions if a tooth is badly decayed, broken at the gum level or not visible, for example if the tooth has yet to erupt.
Most of the extractions can be done here at Smile Craft Dental, however you will be referred to an Oral surgeon if your extraction is likely to be more complicated. Removal of wisdom teeth is also performed under a local anaesthetic at Smile Craft Dental. For more complex cases you may be referred to an Oral Surgeon who can remove your wisdom teeth in hospital under a General Anaesthetic or under Local anaesthetic. We are happy to discuss all the available options with you.
Prior to any treatment, it is important you inform us of any medication, both prescribed and over the counter, you may currently be taking. Please let us know if you have any other health problems or if you have an allergy to any medications.
Recovery will generally take a few days. You may experience some slight post-operative swelling. Over the counter pain relief medication is often all that is required to relieve any discomfort. A soft food diet is recommended for a few days. If you follow our post-operative instructions carefully, your recovery should be relatively easy.
Remember, we are only a phone call away so please contact us if you have any concerns after having a tooth removed.
Our Newcastle practice is located at Elermore Shopping Centre, 137 Croudace Road, Elermore Vale NSW 2287. You can contact us on (02) 4048 0882.
Our Tuncurry practice is located at 2/25 Manning St, Tuncurry NSW 2428 and you can call us on (02) 6555 8989.
Our Wingham practice is located at 1/101 Isabella St, Wingham NSW 2429. You can contact us on (02) 6553 0220.
Our Willoughby practice is located at 61 Edinburgh Rd Willoughby East NSW 2068. You can contact us on (02) 9958 6458.