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Need a tooth extraction?

If your tooth is causing extreme pain, sometimes the best thing to do is extract it. Before you make the decision to have an extraction, we’ll talk you through the alternatives to help you make up your mind. We’ll also discuss tooth replacement options with you once you’re on the road to recovery.

Do I need a tooth extraction?

There are a number of risk factors that can cause a tooth to be removed, including:

  • Crowding issues
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Extensive dental decay
  • Dental trauma
  • Severe infection
  • Failure to respond to root canal therapy

How does a dentist extract a tooth?

If we decide you tooth requires a simple extraction, we will do it at our clinic in Oakleigh. First, your dentist will apply a local anaesthetic to thoroughly numb the area and prevent you feeling any pain. Then they will loosen the tooth, and extract it. Sometimes the gum may require a few stitches before gauze is packed into the empty socket. The gauze helps a blood clot to form over the extraction site, which is vital for preventing a painful complication known as ‘dry socket’.

Will it hurt?

The extraction itself should not hurt, but there will generally be some pain as your gum recovers. This can depend on how difficult the tooth was to remove, but also varies widely from patient to patient. Some experience almost no discomfort, while others may feel noticeable pain. Your dentist will advise you about which painkillers may be used in the first day or two. Any pain generally tapers off after that.

Victorian 7 Day Lockdown Dental Restrictions

In line with a recommendation from the Australian Dental Association, our practice is now operating under the new restrictions in Victoria. All dental services will continue to operate, and people will be allowed to visit the dentist for emergency dental care, including if their dentist is more than 5km away. Please call us to discuss your concerns. Online video consultations are also available. As a QIP Certified practice, we follow the highest hygiene protocols in the industry. All our staff are trained according to infection control guidelines provided by the Australian Government, Australian Dental Association and World Health Organisation.