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Surgical Extractions

This is a more complex procedure, which is used if a tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not erupted in the mouth.

The oral surgeon will make a small incision into your gum to surgically remove the broken tooth or impacted wisdom tooth.

Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is usually relatively straightforward, and the vast majority can be usually performed quickly while the individual is awake by using local anaesthetic injections to eliminate sensations.  Local anaesthetic blocks pain, mechanical forces are still vaguely felt.

Immediately after the tooth is removed, a bite pack is used to apply pressure to the tooth socket to stop the bleeding.  After the tooth extraction, we advise no vigorous rinsing of the mouth and avoiding strenuous activity, such as through a straw, is to be avoided.  Smoking is to also to be avoided for at least 24 hours as it impairs wound healing.  We advise to use hot-water mouth baths which we advise to start 24 hours after the extraction.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my mouth be sore after extraction?

The following will help speed recovery:

  1. Take painkillers as prescribed by your dentist or oral surgeon.
  2. After 24 hours, rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
  3. Change gauze pads before they become soaked with blood.
  4. Relax after surgery. ...
  5. Avoid smoking.

How do I brush my teeth fter a tooth extraction?

Avoid all brushing, rinsing or spitting the day of the surgery. The day after your surgery, you may brush your teeth, but avoid brushing near the surgical site(s) for 3 days. Rinse with ½ cup warm water and a pinch of salt beginning 3 days after surgery. Do not use a straw for 3 days following surgery.