Dental Update

Needing dental tooth teeth extractions? See the experts in Croydon South, Melbourne Victoria

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Tooth Extractions!

Tooth extraction, also known as dental extraction, is the process of removing a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. Dentists perform this procedure for various reasons.

If you need a dental extraction, we recommend you book your dental appointment online with Dr Kerry Chen who consults on a Thursday and Friday. You can also call Elation Dental on 97252029!

1. Reasons for Tooth Extraction

You might need a tooth pulled out due to several factors:

  • Bad Gum Disease: Severe gum disease can lead to tooth mobility and necessitate extraction.
  • Tooth Decay (Cavities): When a tooth is extensively decayed and cannot be restored, extraction becomes necessary.
  • Infection: Deep infections within a tooth can compromise its health and require removal.
  • Broken Teeth: A severely fractured tooth may be beyond repair and need extraction.
  • Orthodontic Reasons: Sometimes, teeth need to be removed to address overcrowding or facilitate orthodontic treatment.
  • Wisdom Teeth: These are the last molars to emerge, and if they become impacted or cause issues, extraction may be recommended.

2. Preparing for Tooth Extraction

Before the procedure, your dentist at Elation Dental Croydon South will:

  • Review your medical history.
  • Examine the affected tooth and surrounding gums.
  • Take dental X-rays to assess the tooth’s position and root structure.

3. The Extraction Process

There are two main types of extractions:

  1. Simple Extractions:
    • These straightforward extractions don’t require incisions.
    • Local anesthesia is administered to numb the tooth and surrounding area.
    • We’ll gently loosen the tooth and remove it from the gum.
  2. Surgical Extractions:
    • Dr Kerry Chen at Elation Dental Croydon South is experienced, gentle and professional at surgical tooth extractions (including wisdom teeth).
    • Surgical extractions are necessary for:
      • Impacted wisdom teeth.
      • Severely broken or decayed teeth.
      • Teeth with complex root structures.

4. Post-Extraction Care

After the tooth is removed, we’ll ensures the gum socket is clean.

  • If there was a gum incision during extraction, stitches may be needed to close it. However we often use an absorbable foam as a modern replacement for stitches.
  • You’ll experience some bleeding initially, but biting down on gauze helps control it.
  • Pain and discomfort are common after the anesthesia wears off. Follow our instructions for pain management and care.

5. Alternatives to Extraction

While extraction is sometimes unavoidable, there are alternatives:

  • Root Canal Therapy: Used to save a decayed or damaged tooth by removing the infected pulp.
  • Dental Fillings: Fill cavities caused by severe decay or gum disease.
  • Dental Crowns: Restore and protect damaged teeth.

Remember, tooth extraction is a common dental procedure, and your dentist will guide you through the process to ensure a smooth experience. ????????