Dental Extraction

What is a Dental Extraction?

A dental extraction is often referred to as having a ‘tooth pulled’. It’s the process of removing a tooth from your mouth, which although may sound daunting isn’t an uncommon dental procedure at our Bayside dental clinic. Our dentists are able to offer you a high standard of expert care if you need a tooth extraction.

Dental extractions may need to happen for a number of reasons, some more common than others. These include: 

  • Impacted wisdom teeth can cause infection and damage to bone structure and adjacent teeth. This can happen when wisdom teeth grow when we reach 17-25 years of age, meaning a wisdom teeth extraction is required.  Some wisdom teeth can be complex to remove and this may need to be done in hospital by an oral maxillofacial surgeon specialist.  A referral will be supplied if this is necessary.
  • Crowded teeth: Under the instruction from your orthodontist, severely crowded teeth may need to be removed.
  • Severe infection within a tooth. If this infection can’t be fixed with root canal therapy or medication, then a dental extraction will be required.
  • Broken Tooth: If a tooth has been severely broken as the result of an injury, there might not be enough original structure left to perform a tooth restoration. A dental extraction might be the best way forward.

How Long Does it Take to Recover from a Dental Extraction?

Your recovery will also depend on a number of factors, including how long the procedure took, how many teeth were extracted and whether any bone had to be removed too. General healing time is from a few days to a couple of weeks, and you can expect to feel some pain in this time. Over the counter pain medication may be sufficient to manage the pain, but in many cases you will be prescribed stronger medication.

Generally after 3-4 days the wound discomfort should have subsided. There is also likely to be some swelling and bruising around your cheeks, which should disappear after a few days. 

If the pain or discomfort doesn’t start to subside after a few days and in fact starts to get worse and worse, then you probably have a dry socket and you’ll need to come in to see us at our Bayside dental clinic.

What to Eat After a Dental Extraction

There will be post-operative pain from your wound after an extraction and this will affect what you can and can’t eat. We’d recommend sticking to soft food and eating on the other side for a few days after your dental extraction. . 

Soft foods could include smoothies, yoghurts, soups, broths, mashed potatoes, ice cream and pureed fruit or vegetables. After a few days you’ll be able to move onto things like scrambled eggs and toast. The pain levels will tell you when you can return to your normal diet. Remember to drink lots of water and avoid very hard foods.

If you need any more information about a dental extraction The Dental Family Beaumaris is here to help out. Get in touch and one of our friendly team will be able to assist.