Tooth extraction


Tooth Extractions can be quite overwhelming at times but at Flemington Smiles, we always try to make sure that you are relaxed in the dental chair and it is a painless experience for you.
There are several reasons that a tooth will need to be pulled, or extracted.
  • Extensive decay which are deemed unrestorable.
  • Fracture of a tooth below the gumline
  • Extensive periodontal disease
  • Space needed for orthodontic treatment (braces)
  • Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth are the last molars, or “third molars” that develop on each side of the jaw. They usually emerge in the back of the mouth between the ages of 16-24
Wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned. Often, however, they cause problems and require removal. When the jaw isn’t large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge only part way through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.


After the Extraction Procedure
You may experience some discomfort once the anaesthetic  starts wearing off .We advise not to spit or rinse out for  as this can cause more bleeding. Anaesthetic can make you feel tired. Make sure you get plenty of rest after your treatment. Your gums and cheek will feel swollen as your body starts to heal and you may experience some pain. This should begin to improve after about four days.


What should I do if bleeding starts again?
A gauze pad that will be provided to you before you leave our dental office can be placed in your mouth in case bleeding starts again. Bite down into the gauze for around 30 minutes. Remember: Do not suck, spit, rinse your mouth or put your fingers in your mouth for at least 12 hours Avoid hot drinks and hard foods for 24 hours .
Avoid alcohol and smoking
Avoid strenuous exercise or activity for at least 24 hours Avoid taking aspirin unless normally prescribed by your doctor as it can lead to more bleeding.


What should I do if I experience lot of pain?
If you are in a lot of pain, take some non-steroidal pain medication(For example Ibuprofen). Cold foods like ice cream and Yoghurt may provide some relief. If pain is quite severe, please contact our dental office.


How do I look after my extraction socket?
For the first few days after extraction, try to have soft diet like mashed patatoes, pasta, soup , custard etc. Eat on the other side of your mouth to avoid any irritation of the extraction socket. After 24 hours, you can gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water and after your meals for about a week.



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