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Tooth Extraction Port Macquarie

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Dentists perform tooth extractions for several reasons. The problem may be a painful wisdom tooth or a tooth that has been badly damaged by decay.

In some cases, a dentist will remove a tooth to make space for dental prosthetics or braces.

Tooth extraction is the removal/pulling of a tooth due to several reasons.

Here are some of them:

  • tooth decay
  • gum disease
  • infections
  • trauma
  • wisdom teeth complications (impaction)
  • preparation for a dental prosthesis
  • preparation for orthodontia, if the teeth are crowded
  • baby teeth not falling out at the proper age

Types of Tooth Extraction

Your tooth extraction can be simple or surgical, depending on whether your tooth is visible or impacted.

Simple extraction

You will receive a local anaesthetic, which numbs the area around your tooth so you’ll feel only pressure, and not pain, during the procedure.

The dentist then uses an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth and forceps to remove it.

Surgical extraction

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.

The general dentist or oral surgeon will make a small incision. They may need to remove bone around your tooth or cut your tooth before it can be extracted.

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After-Care

After any tooth extraction procedure, be sure to follow your dentist’s instructions for oral care, including the following:

Eat soft foods

Stick primarily to liquids until any anaesthesia wears off and have a soft diet for the first few days after tooth extraction.

Take care of your teeth

Do not brush the teeth next to the extraction site immediately after the procedure but brush the rest of your teeth. Two days after a tooth extraction, you can return to your usual oral care routine.

Take pain medication only as prescribed by your dentist

  • If your Port Macquarie dentist has prescribed medication to control pain and inflammation or to prevent infection, use it only as instructed.
  • If the pain medication prescribed does not seem to work for you, don’t take other pills and call your Port Macquarie dentist right away.

Swelling and pain are normal after a tooth is removed

To help reduce swelling and pain:

  • Try applying a cold compress against your face, like an ice pack or a cold, moist cloth
  • Your Port Macquarie dentist may give you specific instructions on how long and how often to use a cold compress

Tooth Extraction in Port Macquarie

Talk to your Port Macquarie dentist if a tooth extraction is the best option for you. While a tooth extraction can solve one dental problem (tooth decay, trauma), there might be other ways to save your tooth like a root canal treatment.

Consult with your Port Macquarie dentist today!

Tooth Extraction in Port Macquarie

Call us on (02) 6583 1711 or book your appointment online.

We are located at 38 Buller St in Port Macquarie.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it better to get an extraction or a root canal?
In almost every case, saving a tooth is preferable. A root canal will never be 100% clean, but having multiple teeth pulled can harbour larger issues.
Is tooth extraction painful?
During the extraction procedure, you should feel nothing more than pressure. Any pain should be immediately informed to the dentist performing the extraction.
My tooth hurts. How do I know if it's an emergency?
There are a few situations where this may be a dental emergency. One is extensive bleeding in your mouth that is not caused by brushing your teeth. Another is, if an abscess appears, it could be a dangerous sign.

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