Are you living with a tooth which has been broken or damaged by decay? If so, the Apple Dental team of Lane Cove dentists can call on a variety of treatment options to restore your tooth, such as with a restorative filling or crown. But in some cases, for example if your tooth has suffered too much damage to be repaired and saved, extraction of your tooth may be the best option.
If this is the case for you, we may recommend one of two types of extraction:
- A simple extraction can be carried out on a tooth that we can clearly see in your mouth, which doesn’t show any clinical abnormalities. This method is usually a quick and comfortable way to extract a problem tooth, needing only local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area of your mouth.
- A surgical extraction may be necessary for teeth that aren’t as easily visible in your mouth, for example if they are unerupted or broken off at the gum line. In this case, you may also need bone grafting after your surgical extraction, to replace the bone lost during the procedure.
Even though your bone will usually naturally regenerate over time, your situation may call for such a bone graft after your tooth extraction, to keep any bone shrinkage to a minimum. This is particularly crucial if we plan on replacing your extracted tooth with dental implants, which need solid bone structure to fully integrate with your jaw.
Both these methods of tooth extraction can be carried out in the Apple Dental chair, using appropriate anaesthetic to ensure your complete comfort. If your situation is more complex, we may refer you to an oral surgeon for your tooth extraction and bone graft.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do after the dental extractions?
Rest as much as you can for the rest of the day, keeping your head up to avoid any bleeding. Avoid rinsing for the first 24 hours to help your mouth start the healing process. After this time, use a salt-water mouthwash for at least a week to help heal the socket.
We recommend you avoid eating hot food or drinking hot tea or coffee until your anaesthetic has completely worn off. This is to help you avoid burning your mouth, as you won’t be able to feel pain while the anaesthetic effects linger. You should also take care not to chew your cheek when eating, and do not consume alcohol for at least 24 hours, which can promote bleeding.
For the first night after your surgery, minimise bleeding by keeping your head raised with an extra pillow. It can also be a good idea to cover your pillow with a towel or older pillowcase, to protect it in the event of minor bleeding.
Keep your mouth and the extraction site as clean as possible, making sure that the socket is kept clear of all food and debris. Maintain a healthy diet, and take a Vitamin C supplement to aid your body with healing.
What should I do if my surgery site bleeds?
Some slight bleeding is normal for the first day or so. But because a small amount of blood can look quite dramatic when mixed with a larger amount of saliva, it’s easy to become concerned by the amount of bleeding.
If you do notice bleeding, do not rinse your mouth. Apply pressure to the socket by biting firmly on a clean piece of folded cotton, such as a handkerchief, for at least 15 minutes. Replace the pad if necessary. If the bleeding has not stopped after an hour or two, contact the Apple Dental team for advice.
Should I rinse my mouth out after my extraction?
No – avoid rinsing the area for the first 24 hours after your surgery to allow the socket to heal. You should also avoid eating on that side or disturbing the blood clot with your tongue, which can allow infection into the socket, and affect healing.
What else can I do to aid healing?
You should avoid drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours, as this can encourage bleeding and delay healing. Eat and drink lukewarm food as normal, and avoid chewing on the affected area of your mouth.
Want to know more details? You are welcomed to visit us at 1 Finlayson St, Lane Cove NSW 2066. Or simply give us a call on (02) 9420 5050.