Tooth Extractions

When we hear the phrase ‘tooth extraction’, it’s not uncommon for our minds to think up images of old-timey pliers and a stressful dental experience. But, thanks to modern dentistry and the skilled hands of professionals, tooth extractions have become a far more comfortable and routine procedure.

Why might I need a tooth extraction?

Tooth extractions aren’t just about removing those pesky wisdom teeth. There are various reasons you may need this procedure, such as:

  • Severe tooth decay or infection that a root canal can’t treat
  • Overcrowded teeth that need space for orthodontic treatment
  • A broken tooth that can’t be repaired

How do I prepare for a tooth extraction?

Dr Ivana Bugwandeen’s team will provide detailed instructions tailored to your specific situation. Usually, it’s advised to:

  • Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol a day before the procedure
  • Eat a light meal a few hours before your appointment and avoid eating immediately after the procedure
  • Share your complete medical history and any medications you’re taking

What is the tooth extraction procedure like?

At Dr Bugwandeen’s family dental practice, your comfort is our priority. The tooth extraction process will be seamless and include the following:

  • Consultation: You will go through a thorough examination using X-rays to determine the best extraction method.
  • Local anaesthesia: We numb the extraction area to ensure a pain-free process.
  • Extraction: The tooth is carefully and skillfully removed.
  • Post-procedure care: You will receive recovery instructions.

What is the recovery process like?

Recovery varies according to the individual, but you should start to feel back to your usual self within a few days. Following post-extraction care instructions will be key:

  • Eat soft foods and avoid hot or spicy items
  • Avoid smoking or drinking through a straw to protect the extraction site
  • The following day, avoid rinsing too vigorously or you may dislodge the blood clot necessary for healing.
  • Take any prescribed or over-the-counter pain relief as advised

Tooth extraction, when done, is more than just removing a tooth — it’s about paving the way for better dental health. Reach out and embrace the comprehensive dental care you deserve.

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