Tooth Extraction

Safe, pain-free tooth removal in Wagga Wagga

Here in Wagga, as dentists, we want you to keep your teeth for as long as possible. But occasionally, extraction is the best choice. Fortunately, we can usually remove your teeth in the chair at our dental clinic safely, gently and without any pain.

Reasons for tooth extraction

You might need a tooth removed for several reasons, for example, you may have:

  • a badly damaged or broken tooth
  • crowded teeth (often before orthodontic treatment)
  • a badly infected tooth
  • severe gum disease
  • compounding problems with the wisdom tooth

What is the process of tooth extraction?

  1. If you’re an anxious patient and would prefer to be sleepy during this procedure, we can provide you with happy gas so that you are deeply relaxed.
  2. Next, your dentist will inject a small amount of local anaesthetic to thoroughly numb the area, so you don’t feel any pain.
  3. Your dentist will then use a special tool to loosen the tooth gently, then remove it with forceps.
  4. Sometimes, if your gum requires cutting, your dentist may apply a stitch to the wound to keep the cut closed.
  5. That’s it. The procedure will be over in no time, without you feeling a thing.

What do I do after tooth extraction?

  • You will need to follow your dentist’s instructions carefully after your tooth extraction procedure. There may be a tiny bit of bleeding, so usually, you will be asked to bite down on a piece of gauze to prevent further bleeding.
  • Once the anaesthetic wears off, you may feel some pain, and your dentist may recommend over-the-counter medication or prescribe medication.
  • Rest. Do not do any vigourous activity for the next 24 hours.
  • Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol for 24 hours.
  • Be careful when eating. An hour after extraction, you may eat or drink carefully using the other side of your mouth but avoid eating anything too cold or hot. Try not to move food around your mouth.
  • For the next 3 to 5 days after the extraction, gently swish a warm saltwater solution around your mouth after eating meals and before bed.

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