Tooth Extractions

We provide both simple extraction & surgical extraction.

Tooth Extractions2021-10-11T03:07:43+00:00

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Tooth Extractions in Adelaide

If an extraction is required for any reason out dentists will discuss the best and most comfortable method of removal with you.

If a referral is needed to have the tooth removed with either general anaesthetic, or you would prefer to be sedated while the tooth is removed, our team will recommend a suitable oral surgeon to care for your case

Tooth extraction is performed for a wide range of reasons, including due to damage or decay as well as to make space for orthodontic treatment. Our newly-built treatment rooms and state of the art equipment enable us to perform most extractions at our comfortable Hays Street clinic as painlessly as possible.

Before our dentists remove any teeth, a complete medical history will be taken so please bring along a list of your current medications and let us know of any health conditions. We then provide supportive follow-up care, and regular check-ups to make sure everything is running smoothly.

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OPENING HOURS

Monday 8:30 – 5:30
Tuesday 8:30 – 5:30
Wednesday 8:30 – 5:30
Thursday 8:30 – 5:30
Friday 8:30 – 5:30
Saturday 8:30 – 1:00 by appointment
Sunday Closed

(08) 8353 5111

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Why are wisdom teeth extracted?2021-10-11T02:55:57+00:00

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last permanent teeth to appear in the mouth.

These teeth usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25. Some people never develop wisdom teeth. For others, wisdom teeth erupt normally — just as their other molars did — and cause no problems.

However many people develop impacted wisdom teeth. Essentially meaning that the teeth don’t have enough room to erupt into the mouth or develop normally. Impacted wisdom teeth may erupt only partially or not at all.

An impacted wisdom tooth may:

  • Grow at an angle toward the next tooth (second molar)
  • Grow at an angle toward the back of the mouth
  • Grow at a right angle to the other teeth, as if the wisdom tooth is “lying down” within the jawbone
  • Grow straight up or down like other teeth but stay trapped within the jawbone
Problems with impacted wisdom teeth2021-10-11T02:57:29+00:00

You’ll likely need your wisdom tooth or teeth pulled if it results in problems such as:

  • Pain
  • Trapping food and debris behind the wisdom tooth
  • Infection or gum disease
  • Tooth decay in a partially erupted wisdom tooth
  • Damage to a nearby tooth or surrounding bone
  • Development of a fluid-filled sac (cyst) around the wisdom tooth
  • Complications with orthodontic treatments to straighten other teeth
Preparing for wisdom & or tooth extraction surgery2021-10-11T03:00:22+00:00

A wisdom tooth extraction is almost always a same-day procedure meaning you are able to go home after the surgery. This can also be said for general tooth or teeth extractions.  If you have any further questions in relation to this please give us a call.

You’ll receive instructions from the hospital or dental clinic staff on what to do before the surgery and the day of your scheduled surgery. Ask these questions:

  • Will I need to make arrangements for someone to drive me home after the procedure?
  • When do I need to arrive at the dental clinic or hospital?
  • Do I need to avoid eating food or drinking fluids or both (fast)? If so, when do I begin?
  • Can I take my prescription medications before the surgery? If so, how soon before the surgery can I take a dose?
  • Should I avoid any nonprescription drugs before the surgery?
What should you expect after the tooth extraction procedure2021-10-11T03:02:52+00:00

If you receive sedation anesthesia or general anesthesia, you’re taken to a recovery room after the procedure. If you have local anesthesia, your brief recovery time is likely in the dental chair.

As you heal from your surgery, follow your dentist’s instructions on:

  • There may be some oozing of blood which may occur the first day after wisdom tooth removal. Try to avoid excessive spitting so that you don’t dislodge the blood clot from the socket. Replace gauze over the extraction site as directed by your dentist.
  • Pain management. You may be able to manage pain with an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Nurofen, or a prescription pain medication from your dentist. Prescription pain medication may be especially helpful if the bone has been removed during the procedure.

Holding a cold pack against your jaw also may relieve pain. Along with anti-inflammatory drugs like Voltaren.

  • Swelling and bruising. Use an ice pack as directed by your dentist. The swelling of your cheeks usually improves in two or three days. Bruising may take several more days to fade.
  • After your surgery, plan to rest for the remainder of the day. Resume normal activities the next day, but for at least a week, avoid strenuous activity that might result in losing the blood clot from the socket.

Most people take a week off just to make life easier, but not always possible with work commitments.

  • Drink lots of water after the surgery. Don’t drink the following:
    • alcoholic,
    • caffeinated,
    • carbonated or
    • hot beverages in the first 24 hours.

Don’t drink with a straw for at least a week because the sucking action can dislodge the blood clot from the socket.

  • Eat only soft foods, such as yogurt or applesauce, for the first 24 hours. Start eating semisoft foods when you can tolerate them. Avoid hard, chewy, hot, or spicy foods that might get stuck in the socket or irritate the wound.
  • Cleaning your mouth. Don’t brush your teeth, rinse your mouth, spit or use mouthwash during the first 24 hours after surgery. Typically you’ll be told to resume brushing your teeth after the first 24 hours. Be particularly gentle near the surgical wound when brushing and gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water every two hours and after meals for a week.
  • Tobacco use. If you smoke, don’t do so for at least 72 hours after surgery — and wait longer than that if possible. If you chew tobacco, don’t use it for at least a week. Using tobacco products after oral surgery can delay healing and increase the risk of complications.
  • You may have stitches that dissolve within a few weeks or no stitches at all. If your stitches need to be removed, schedule an appointment to have them taken out.

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