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Tooth Extractions
in Burwood

In most cases, it’s usually preferable that we find a way to save a compromised tooth rather than extract it. However, if a tooth is beyond salvageable-for example, if it’s cracked or suffering from significant decay-then an extraction is the only option.

Advantages of Removing a Tooth

The benefit of dental extractions is that they provide immediate pain relief and are usually affordable. On the downside, an extraction can affect your chewing and jaw health as neighbouring teeth will need to make up for the missing tooth. There are also aesthetic concerns to be aware of.

An extraction is generally not recommended if the affected tooth can be repaired or if the tooth is essential to your child’s oral development. We invite you to speak to one of our dentists who will provide you with recommendations that suit your particular circumstances.

Home Care Instructions

After a tooth is extracted, a clot forms over the extraction site, creating a protective layer as part of the healing process. If this clot is removed or disturbed, a resulting “dry socket” can be extremely painful.

Follow these instructions to help avoid unnecessary discomfort.

  • Do not smoke, use a straw or drink carbonated beverages.
  • Do not rinse or spit for 24 hours.
  • Avoid touching the extraction site with your fingers or tongue.
  • A small amount of bleeding after an extraction is normal. If the bleeding is unusual or inconvenient, place a sterile gauze over the extraction site, bite down and hold firmly in place for 20 minutes. Repeat if necessary.
  • Avoid hot liquids; a light diet of soft foods is best during the first 24 hours.
  • Some swelling after an extraction is normal. Place an ice pack (frozen peas or a plastic bag or a towel filled with ice will work fine) and hold it against the swollen area for five minutes on and 10 minutes off for one hour.
  • Beginning the next day, rinse your mouth gently with a solution of salty warm water after meals. Repeat as necessary for the next 2 or 3 days.
  • After a tooth is extracted, you may feel a hard splinter or rough edge in your mouth. This is a portion of the bone which surrounds the roots of your teeth, and it will generally wear away or work itself out.
  • If antibiotics are prescribed, take the entire course as prescribed, even if your symptoms improve.
  • Brush normally around all your other teeth to keep the bacterial count down. Avoid brushing around the extraction site. Use the rinses above to cleanse the area as your mouth heals.

Emergency Tooth Extractions

Contact Me Dental Care Burwood for same-day emergency dental care and exams. Walk-ins welcome.

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 Burwood VIC | (03) 7032 3968