People who need tooth extraction usually deal with gum disease, crowded teeth, or broken teeth. This procedure can make some patients nervous, but removing teeth that impact oral health is necessary.
If you need a tooth extraction in South Melbourne, the experienced and friendly staff at South Melbourne Dental Smiles can walk you through the process with comfort and ease. Whether you are a first-time patient or have an anxious child, we can help.
How Do I Know if I Need a Dentist to Pull My Tooth?
Don’t hesitate to see a dentist if you need a tooth pulled. If you have an infection or issue causing discomfort in your mouth, see a dentist before the problem worsens. The longer you wait, the more severe the situation will get while the pain increases.
Some of the most common issues that require removing a tooth include the following:
- Tooth decay
- Infection or gum disease
- Impacted wisdom teeth or growing adult teeth
- Broken or cracked teeth
- Crowded teeth
Does a Tooth Extraction Hurt?
During tooth extraction at South Melbourne Dental Smiles, we ensure our patients enjoy a pain-free experience. The staff has all the training and tools to ensure each patient is comfortable, including local and general anesthesia.
Once the operation is complete, we suggest using over-the-counter pain medication for a few days. If you still struggle with pain, your dentist can prescribe something more powerful.
Your primary responsibility following the procedure is maintaining proper oral hygiene. To prevent infection, we recommend light brushing, antiseptic mouthwash, and only soft foods for the days following the procedure.
Smokers should abstain for at least 24 hours after the tooth extraction. Smoking too soon can cause dry socket–a painful condition where the clot can’t form over the extraction area.
What Is the Tooth Extraction Procedure?
Tooth extraction in South Melbourne is far less risky than other dental surgeries and less invasive. We perform two types of tooth extraction procedures, both of which are entirely safe.
Teeth that are visible and reach above the gum line only require a simple extraction. Less time-consuming than surgical extractions, simple extractions heal faster, and we can even pull multiple teeth in one visit.
First, we numb the area with a local anaesthetic. Next, we use a dental elevator to loosen the tooth by raising the gingival tissue beneath it.
Using forceps, we then rock the tooth back and forth while pulling until it comes out.
If the affected tooth hasn’t come out of the gum line yet or has broken down too far to reach, the oral surgeon will perform a surgical extraction.
We first make an incision in the gum tissue above the tooth. Once we can see it, the extraction can begin.
The tooth comes out as a whole or in pieces. We may have to break it if it’s too big or too deep. Once it’s out, we stitch the incision shut.
Contact Our Team for Careful Tooth Extraction
If you think you or your child might need a tooth removal, call the experts at South Melbourne Dental Smiles at (03) 9645 7888.
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