Tooth Extractions & Oral Surgery

Overview of Tooth Extractions & Oral Surgery

Tooth extractions and oral surgery are dental procedures that involve the removal of teeth or other oral tissues. Tooth extractions are the most common type of oral surgery and involve removing a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. Oral surgery, on the other hand, encompasses a wide range of procedures, including tooth extractions, gum surgery, jaw surgery, and other types of reconstructive surgery.

Tooth extractions are typically done to address issues such as decay, infection, trauma, overcrowding, or impacted teeth. Oral surgery, however, may be necessary to correct more complex issues, such as gum disease, facial trauma, or congenital defects. Oral surgery procedures may also be used to prepare the mouth for dental implants or other types of restorative dentistry.

Tooth Extractions and Their Impact on Oral Health

Here at Coastal Smiles Dee Why, we will do everything we can to save your natural teeth and extraction is definitely the last option. Tooth extraction is sometimes necessary if the tooth is too badly damaged or infected to be saved. If we have no choice but to extract the tooth, then this procedure will be carefully carried out to cause you minimal discomfort. It is better to carry out a tooth extraction as soon as possible to prevent any spread of infection and to help avoid any more serious problems from developing.

What to Expect with Your Tooth Extraction

Extraction is normally carried out under local anaesthetic, but we can use happy gas or nitrous oxide if you’d prefer a little extra help or if you require several teeth to be removed. After the tooth has been extracted we may choose to stitch the area to help healing. You may find it helpful to stick to eating soft foods that are easy to chew and swallow for the first few days after extraction, until the empty socket has had a chance to heal slightly. Try not to fiddle with the extraction site with your tongue and if you smoke it’s best to quit while your gums heal as smoking does slow down the healing process and interferes with your body’s ability to fight infection.

Coastal Smiles Dee Why is located at Suite 1, 5 Dee Why Parade, Dee Why NSW 2099. You can contact us on (02) 9971 8992.

Frequently Asked Questions

A tooth extraction may be necessary if a tooth is severely decayed or damaged, if there is an infection that cannot be treated with antibiotics, or if there is overcrowding in the mouth. Additionally, wisdom teeth are often extracted to prevent future problems.

During a tooth extraction, your dentist will numb the area around the tooth and use special tools to remove the tooth from its socket. If the tooth is impacted, meaning it hasn't fully erupted from the gum, your dentist may need to make a small incision in the gum to remove it.

Tooth extraction is typically not painful, as the area around the tooth will be numbed with local anaesthesia. However, you may feel some pressure or discomfort during the procedure. After the procedure, you may experience some pain and swelling, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

Oral surgery refers to any surgical procedure performed in or around the mouth, jaw, or face. This can include procedures such as tooth extraction, wisdom tooth removal, dental implant placement, and jaw surgery.

The specifics of oral surgery will depend on the procedure being performed. Your dentist or oral surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on what to expect before, during, and after the surgery. Typically, you will be given local anaesthesia to numb the area around the surgery site, and you may also be given sedation to help you relax. After the surgery, you will be given instructions on how to care for the surgical site and manage any pain or discomfort.

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