Tooth Extractions

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.