Tooth extraction

WHY DO PEOPLE HAVE TEETH EXTRACTED?

As a result of decay, infection or trauma, the tooth may need to be extracted to prevent further health complications. A tooth may also be extracted due to overcrowding of the mouth to prepare for orthodontics.

WHAT IS INVOLVED?

The damaged tooth and surrounding area will be numbed by local anaesthetic via injection. If you are having many teeth extracted or the teeth are impacted, the dentist may recommend the procedure be completed at hospital under a general anaesthetic. The tooth is then loosened with movement and pressure until the tooth can be removed. Following the extraction the dentist will place a gauze pad in the socket and have you bite down to help stop the bleeding. A blood clot will form in the socket, and sometimes a few stiches – usually self-dissolving – will be used to close the gum edges over the extraction site.

COSTS AND APPOINTMENTS

Average tooth extraction cost is $250.

A tooth extraction only requires one appointment.

ASK YOUR INEEDA DENTIST

Will you place a bone graft? This prepares the tooth for a future implant.

What are my other options? Root canal therapy may be a viable option for you, allowing you to retain your natural tooth.

RISKS OF LOCAL ANAESTHETIC

Damage to the lips and cheeks: due to biting or rubbing the numb area.

Failure of local anaesthetic: may require further injections of a different method of anaesthesia

Bruising: usually experienced in those who take blood-thinning drugs.

Nerve damage: usually temporary and rarely permanent, though may last from weeks to months.

Infection: uncommon but can be treated with antibiotics.

Allergy: rare and requires immediate medical attention.