At My Family Dental, we know tooth extraction is a frightening and unpleasant experience. We provide extraction services for patients in Bowen, Emerald, Ingham, Innisfail, Townsville, and throughout Queensland to improve their dental health.
Contact our team of dental professionals with any questions or to schedule an appointment today. Visit us for routine dental care so we can check your teeth, diagnose problems, and suggest extraction when necessary.
Why Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?
Tooth extraction is seen as a last resort by the dental community. We offer non-invasive and non-surgical options before suggesting extraction for our patients.
Tooth extractions become necessary when initial treatment does not work. Severe conditions necessitating extraction include:
- Crowded teeth
- Tooth decay
- Extensive damage
- Gum disease
During your appointment, we will explain how extraction works, schedule any future appointments, and provide all necessary information regarding your recovery. Do not attempt to pull loose teeth on your own, even in children. Complications may arise, including infection, partial removal, or damaging other teeth.
What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction is most often performed during a standard appointment. Patients receive local anesthesia, and the process happens quickly. Whenever possible, we loosen and pull the tooth with little effort.
Surgical options help patients when teeth are broken or the roots are twisted. Imaging is used to check the location of the root and the patient’s bone density. We make a small incision in the gum to release the tooth, clean the area around the tooth, and stitch the incision if necessary.
If we believe a second appointment is necessary, we will schedule another session and prepare you for the removal. You may need a special type of anesthesia or extraction due to your age and health status. After the procedure, you will return about a week after your extraction so the dentist can remove the stitches.
How Do I Receive Anesthesia?
Patients needing a special type of anesthesia may receive:
- Laughing gas, which can result in patients experiencing a floating sensation during the procedure
- IV anesthesia to help you fall into a dream-like trance where you do not remember the procedure
- Anti-anxiety medication for nervous patients, children, or anyone who faints at the sight of blood
- General anesthesia, reserved for the most complex procedures
Ask the dentist about anesthesia before scheduling your appointment. Young children may also require stronger anesthesia or anxiety treatment.
Are There Risks With Tooth Extraction?
Any tooth extraction comes with risks. We provide patients with medication and follow up as needed.
Even though your tooth is gone, you should continue brushing lightly in that area. Floss normally, watch what you eat, and avoid hard foods or heavy chewing. Rest as much as you can and contact us if you experience prolonged pain, bleeding, or swelling.
Will You Remove Wisdom Teeth?
We treat erupting wisdom teeth and provide a variety of procedures for removal. Our dentists perform a complete examination, review your x-rays, and remove wisdom teeth when they are impacted or painful.
How Do I Replace Missing Teeth?
Replacing your missing teeth is part of what we do. It can be a scary experience removing teeth, and sometimes patients are unsure what to expect next. When you are ready for tooth replacement, we offer services that fit your budget, medical status, and personal needs.
A root canal treatment can prepare the location of the missing tooth for implants. During this procedure, we use anesthesia to numb the area and help you relax. We remove nerves from your missing teeth, and we clean the area, pack the wound, and allow it to heal.
You will return for your implant placement a few weeks after your root canal procedure. Implants are custom moulded to fit your mouth and match your current bite. We can place implants throughout your mouth if you are healthy and have strong gums.
Porcelain bridges are the most common solution to missing teeth. We anchor bridges to surrounding teeth using several methods, including:
- Fixed bridges, anchored to healthy teeth on either side
- Cantilever bridges, anchored on just one side
- Maryland bridges, bonded with resin and useful for front teeth
We also make dentures for patients who are missing several teeth in a row.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding tooth extractions or need to schedule an appointment, contact the professionals at My Family Dental today.