Tooth Extractions

For a variety of reasons, you and Drs. Pillai or Bakhshi may determine that you require a tooth extraction. Some teeth are removed because they are extremely decaying; others are extracted because they have advanced periodontal disease or have broken in an unrepairable condition. Other teeth may need to be extracted due to their poor positioning in the mouth (such as impacted teeth) or as part of an orthodontic treatment plan.

A single tooth extraction can cause issues with biting, jaw joint disorders, and teeth moving or shifting, all of which can have a significant influence on your dental health.

In most circumstances, Drs. Pillai or Bakhshi will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as the replacement of the extracted tooth to avoid these issues.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Lane Cove

We have a highly experienced visiting dentist who has a special interest in and skillset for performing minor oral surgical operations, such as wisdom tooth extractions. If the patient is nervous, an IV sedation specialist will be brought in. There will be additional fees.

The Tooth Extraction Process

A local anaesthetic will be used to numb your tooth, jawbone, and gums around the area during the extraction. You will feel a lot of pressure during the extraction procedure. This is due to the process of firmly shaking the tooth to widen the socket for extraction

The pressure is felt without the pain because the anaesthetic has numbed the nerves, preventing pain transmission, but the nerves that transmit pressure are unaffected. If you experience any pain during the tooth removal process, please let us know as soon as possible.

Sectioning a tooth during the extraction

Some teeth will need to be sectioned. When a tooth is so firmly embedded in its socket or the root is curved that the socket can’t expand sufficiently to remove it, this is a very common treatment. The doctor simply divides the tooth into sections and removes each section individually.

After Tooth Extraction

it’s important for a blood clot to form after a tooth extraction to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Immediately after the appointment, you need to bite on a gauze pad for around 30-45 minutes. If the bleeding or seeping continues, lay another gauze pad over the wound and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. It’s possible that you’ll have to repeat this process multiple times to stop the flow of blood.

It is critical not to disturb or dislodge the blood clot after it has formed. For the next 72 hours, do not rinse aggressively, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol, or brush your teeth close to the extraction site. These actions may cause the clot to detach or dissolve, obstructing the healing process. For the next 24 hours, avoid intense exercise since it raises blood pressure and may cause further bleeding at the extraction site.

You may have some discomfort and swelling after the tooth is removed. Swelling can be reduced by applying an ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen corn or peas to the affected area. Take your pain relievers exactly as prescribed. After 48 hours, the swelling normally goes down.

Follow the directions on your pain medication. If the drug doesn’t seem to be functioning, please contact our office. If antibiotics are prescribed, take them for the full indicated duration of the prescription, even if the signs and symptoms of infection have gone. On the day of the extraction, drink plenty of water and eat nourishing soft foods. As soon as you feel comfortable, you can resume normal eating habits.

Important to get back to your regular dental routine after 24 hours. Brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day should be part of this routine. This will fasten the healing process while also keeping your mouth fresh and clean.

You should feel fine after a few days and able to resume your daily normal activities. Call our office right away if you have substantial bleeding, severe pain, or swelling that continue for 2-3 days, or if you have any reactions to the medications.