As emergency dentists in Perth, extractions are one of the most common dental procedures we perform. Removing a damaged or broken tooth can eliminate bacteria and improve oral health. Let’s look more at what is involved in teeth extraction in Perth.
Extraction is a dental procedure during which a dentist removes your tooth from its socket. People also refer to this as “pulling” a tooth.
When would a dentist recommend extracting teeth?
Typically, we prefer to save natural teeth whenever possible at our Vic Park dental centre. But sometimes, removal may be necessary if other cosmetic dentistry methods fail (dental fillings or dental crowns ) and your tooth is damaged past the point of repair. Teeth extraction might be needed if you have the following:
- Severe tooth decay (cavities)
- A cracked or fractured tooth
- An impacted tooth
- Crowded teeth
- Severe gum disease
- Other dental injuries
Who extracts the teeth?
General dentists, emergency dentists in Perth, and some dental specialists (oral surgeons and periodontists) can all extract teeth.
What happens before a tooth extraction?
Your dentist will assess your affected tooth and surrounding gums and likely take X-rays to check bone levels and determine the extent of the damage. Inform your dentist about any medications, vitamins or supplements you’re taking. Once we have all the information, we will discuss treatment and sedation options with you at our Vic Park dental centre.
Many healthcare providers offer sedation during teeth extractions and other dental procedures. Common sedation types include:
- Oral conscious sedation: also known as twilight sedation, this is given by mouth about an hour before your appointment. People who choose oral conscious sedation will need a friend or family member to drive them to and from their appointment.
- Intravenous (IV) sedation: recommended for people with significant dental anxiety or those undergoing lengthy teeth extraction procedures. IV sedation is the highest level of sedation in a dental office setting. People who choose IV sedation must nominate a driver on the day of their procedure.
In some instances, your dentist might suggest you opt for a general anesthetic, especially if the planned extraction of your teeth is complex.
What happens during a tooth extraction?
- You receive local anesthesia to numb your affected tooth and surrounding gum tissue.
- Your dentist gently loosens the tooth and lifts it from its socket – they might make incisions in your gums to access your tooth.
- The dentist cleans and disinfects your socket.
- Your dentist might place a dental bone graft to help prevent bone loss in your jaw.
- Your dentist might also place stitches to help promote healing.
What happens after a tooth extraction?
After your teeth extraction procedure in Perth, your dentist will place gauze over the empty socket and ask you to bite down. This helps slow bleeding so a blood clot can form. (Clotting is a normal aspect of recovery. It promotes healing, and you can remove it once the bleeding has slowed. Light bleeding might continue for the first 24 hours.
Teeth extraction – aftercare
After the extraction, your dentist will give you a detailed list of post-surgical instructions. Here are some general guidelines:
- Keep the extraction site clean.
- Take all medications as directed.
- Avoid strenuous activity for at least two days.
Contact Aadent Dental Centre for more information
Our Victoria Park dental clinic will help you secure a consultation thanks to extended hours and emergency appointments. If you’re seeking an emergency dentist in Perth today, call us on 09 6330 8666 or online.