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Tooth Extractions

When a tooth is severely damaged, infected or you’re in immense pain, an extraction may be the best option for relief. Although we typically recommend restoring and preserving your natural teeth, that isn’t always possible.

Should I Get My Tooth Pulled?

Before extracting a tooth, we’ll take an X-ray to evaluate its overall structure and the tissues around it. At that time, we can determine the extent of the damage and which type of an extraction is appropriate. For example, a normal extraction or a surgical extraction.

Common reasons for pulling a tooth include

  • Aggressive periodontal disease
  • Severe tooth pain
  • Dental emergencies
  • Fractured root
  • Non-restorable tooth
  • Extensive tooth decay
  • Impacted wisdom teeth

Keeping You Comfortable

Medication is available to help you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout your dental procedure. Local anaesthesia numbs the area around your tooth so that you don’t have to feel any type of discomfort while the tooth is removed. Happy gas (nitrous oxide) sedation is also an option.

For basic (simple) dental extractions, you’ll want to plan to take the day off from work or school. Depending on the person, it’s ok to return to the office the next day. Some people need about two days.

Since swelling is the most common cause of discomfort, you’ll want to take steps to minimise inflammation after your procedure. We typically recommend using an ice pack on and off the area for the first day. If you feel uncomfortable the next morning, an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen is helpful.

However, surgical teeth extractions — such as wisdom tooth removal — may require a lengthier recovery time. Some are simple, while others need a week or more for recovery.

Impacted, crowded or infected wisdom teeth are typically removed to preserve the health of your other teeth. If we suspect your third molars need to be extracted, we’ll order an OPG to evaluate their placement and the anatomical structures around them. After analysing your X-ray, we can determine if extraction is necessary. Some wisdom teeth can be removed with a simple extraction, but many require oral surgery.

Removing your tooth is just the first step in returning your smile back to optimal health. When excess space is created in your bite, it allows for issues such as bone loss and shifting in your remaining teeth. For that reason, it’s best to replace your extracted tooth as soon as reasonably possible.

Some of the types of tooth replacements we offer include dental implants and bridges. Both preserve natural tooth placement and thus minimise complications like irregular wear, TMJ pain, crooked teeth and changes in your facial profile. We also provide custom partial dentures, which can be fitted around the healthy teeth you’re able to preserve.

Extractions for Children

From time to time, it may be necessary to remove a primary (baby) tooth in children. But premature tooth loss can jeopardise eruption patterns and tooth alignment in permanent (adult) teeth. As such, extractions for children should be considered on a case-by-case basis. It’s typically best to try to preserve those teeth until it’s time for them to fall out naturally.

Get an Honest Opinion

Looking for dental extractions Gosnells? Our family dentist will offer you appropriate options and treat your smile as if it were one of our own!

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

Tooth Extractions Gosnells WA | (08) 9490-8777