Surgical tooth extractions are performed under general anaesthesia and normally involves teeth that are not visible and partially or wholly covered by a layer of gum. Our dentists will not be able to simply remove the tooth so they will need to make a small incision and, in some cases, even remove some bone to get this stubborn tooth out. Once removed, the area where the surgical extraction was done will require stitches to ensure the site heals properly. Some reasons for needing a surgical extraction may include shifting teeth; impacted Wisdom Teeth; a tooth that is too severely damaged to be left; joint problems within your jaw structure; Baby Teeth that have not fallen out; and in some cases, space may need to be created for other teeth as in the case when having braces fitted.
Step 1: Prior to surgery, the Gold Coast Mobile Dental team will go through your full medical history in detail and work through a list of your medication and all previous surgeries that could affect the outcome of the extraction. You may need to take antibiotics before and/or after surgery, depending on your unique case and medical conditions. We will also take an x-ray of the site in questions and assess and discuss the best way to remove the particular tooth.
Step 2: On the day of your surgery, our dentist will use a general anaesthetic administered via an injection, into the area around your tooth, jawbone and surrounding gums. We will also use a numbing gel to help numb the area prior to giving you the shot. Because the tooth is lodged in its socket, the dentist will apply a lot of force to remove it as we rock it back and forth in order to loosen it for a safe removal. You shouldn’t feel any pain as the area will be numbed but please let us know if this discomfort is too much for you to handle.
Step 3: This is where the surgical skills come into practice as the dentist makes a small incision to aid the tooth in breaking through your gum line. Once the incision has been made and the dentist has access to the tooth socket, they will remove it using surgical tools such as elevator and forceps. These tools create space in the socket and the tooth is easily lifted from its housing. Post removal, a small stitch may be done so the cut site does not get infected or diseased.
Step 4: A piece of gauze will then be applied to your mouth and you’ll be asked to bite down for at least 20-30 minutes to prevent excessive bleeding and any bloody clots from forming. This time for you to relax and recover is crucial to the healing process and will avoid further bleeding. It should be noted that a bit of bleeding for around 24 hours after an extraction if normal but we will explain all post-operative care to you for peace of mind.
Taking care of yourself and your teeth is paramount to a full and healthy recovery after a surgical extraction. We would suggest you take all medication as prescribed by our dentist and also take anti-inflammatory medication for pain relief and minimal swelling. Ice packs applied to your jaw for 10 minutes on and another 20 minutes off, in the first 24 hours, can drastically reduce swelling and allow for a better recovery in time.
For the first few days after your extraction, only eat soft foods and cool (not cold or hot) drinks; and avoid alcohol and hot foods for the first 24 hours. Always chew your food on the opposite side of your mouth from the extraction side and do not spit or use straws after surgery as this may cause the stitches to rip and slow down your healing.
We would also suggest not brushing or cleaning the extraction site for the first 24 hours after we’ve removed a tooth and definitely don’t make use of any antiseptic mouth washes which could worsen the swelling in the area. Instead, rinse gently with some warm salt water before and after each meal and just before you climb into bed for the evening.
Surgical Extractions on the Gold Coast
Optimum healing is what we want for our patients and we’re here to guide you throughout the process. It takes around 2 weeks for the site to close up, but can take anywhere from three to six months for the soft tissue and bone to regrow and heal. We have the best tools, techniques and team, travelling in our Gold Coast Mobile van, to ensure that you receive the very best care in the security of your home. If you believe you may require a surgical extraction, or would like to consult with us on your current dental status, contact us today.