During the course of our lifetime, our teeth often experience trauma in varying degrees. Although a tooth extraction is not the most pleasant thing to experience – often it’s necessary, if you’re experiencing chronic pain, have an infection or serious tooth decay.
Most common reasons for teeth extraction include:
- Excessive decay
- Local infection
- Damage and trauma
- Advanced periodontal disease
- To make room for other teeth
- Impacted teeth
*If you have a complex medical history and you’re currently taking a number of prescribed medications, it’s important that we discuss your oral surgery treatment with your physician before treating you.
Post extraction instruction:
- After a tooth extraction, you will need to bite on a gauze for at least 30 minutes, to stop bleeding. If the bleeding persists, bite for a further 30 min or alternatively, you can bite on a moist tea bag.
- Be careful not to bite on your lip and tongue, as you will be numb due to the anaesthetic and can cause ulcers.
- Don’t smoke or drink alcohol for 48 hours. This can increase your chances of dry socket.
- Avoid vigorous exercise.
- Relax for the rest of the day.
- If pain is still there, you can take Panadol or Nurofen.
- Don’t brush around the extraction site for 24 hours.
- Don’t rinse or spit for first 24 hours.
- After 24 hours, rinse mouth with warm salt water 3-4 times a day for 1 week.
- Don’t eat or drink for at least 3-4 hours after extraction and do not eat any hot food for 24 hours.