At Dental Reflections, our aim is to restore and save your teeth whenever possible, with procedures like dental fillings or root canal treatment. However, in some cases a tooth cannot be saved and the best option is to remove it, for example if decay extends deep under the gum, if the tooth is cracked or if severe periodontal disease is occurring. In these situations, our team provide painless tooth extractions in the comfort of our dental clinic in Joondalup, Western Australia.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth extraction is a very common procedure in Perth, and usually completely painless. Our leading dentist Dr. Sean Archibald will gently extract your wisdom teeth using a local anaesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. The only thing you might feel is some pressure.
However, not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted. Your dentist will take digital x-rays of your mouth and jaws to make sure your wisdom teeth are healthy. Some people can keep their wisdom teeth all their lives without any problems. But wisdom teeth can sometimes cause pain and swelling when cavities, infection or gum inflammation is present. It might then be recommended to have them removed.
Following your procedure, whether it’s wisdom teeth removal or general extraction, most people have very little discomfort. However, everyone is unique and will therefore respond differently to a tooth extraction. The discomfort associated with an upper tooth extraction is generally minimal, as the bone supporting these teeth is soft. If lower teeth are extracted, some pain and discomfort might be experienced for a day or two as the bone supporting these teeth is very dense. Usually, analgesics such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen can alleviate some of the discomfort associated with a tooth extraction.
How to Prevent “Dry Socket”
To cover the tooth extraction socket, gums will heal in just a few weeks. We recommend our patients to eat soft or liquid food for a few days following a tooth extraction. For the first 24 to 48 hours after a tooth extraction, the blood clot forming is very fragile. Try to avoid chewing directly onto the area to avoid discomfort. Avoid rinsing, spitting, drinking hot drinks or alcohol, smoking or using a straw while drinking. This will put pressure on the blood clot and it may displace. This is called a dry socket.
If you are having pain for three or more days following a tooth extraction, please visit your dentist again. We will easily treat a dry socket by placing a medicated dressing over the area to alleviate any pain or discomfort.
Wherever a tooth has been extracted, your other teeth will slowly shift into the empty space. This movement is very slow and can take a long time to notice. A dental implant is generally recommended as the best option to replace a missing tooth. Your dentist will usually wait a few months for the bone to fill in before placing a dental implant. He may also recommend a bone graft, to facilitate any future implant placement.
If you have any concerns with your wisdom teeth or oral health, please make an appointment at our Joondalup dental clinic and have it assessed as soon as possible.