Tooth Extraction / Oral Surgery
We understand that having a tooth removed can be an upsetting and anxious time. If possible, we′ll always try and help you save your tooth, but if a removal is needed, we will do everything possible to make it as comfortable and simple for you as possible.
Why might my tooth need to be extracted?
The most common reasons for tooth extraction include severe tooth decay, periodontal disease, a fractured or broken tooth or in some cases, to prepare for orthodontic treatment.
Is there any way I can save my tooth instead?
If your dentist has recommended an extraction, it is likely that all other avenues (such as root canal treatment) have been explored. A dentist will always give you every possible option to save a tooth.
Can my extraction be done at the practice, or do I need to go elsewhere? Do you extract wisdom teeth?
We are able to perform nearly all tooth extractions in our surgery, with the exception of patients requiring sedation. This includes wisdom tooth and surgical extractions.
Can I have an implant placed after my extraction?
In most cases, absolutely! If necessary, we are able to use modern techniques such as immediate tooth socket grafting to help maintain excellent bone levels to support a healthy implant. Please let us know if you are thinking about an implant after your extraction, and we will be delighted to book you in for a consultation with Dr. Westhuizen at your convenience.
Will my extraction be painful?
Tooth extraction procedures today are far less painful than ever before, thanks to powerful anaesthetics. In many cases, a patient who has a tooth extracted experiences little or no discomfort and only minor bleeding. We'll always make sure that the area is completely numb before beginning any treatment.
What will I need to do after my extraction?
We will give you a supply of sterile gauze - please bite down on this for an hour after treatment, as this will aid the healing process. Sometimes we will prescribe antibiotics after an extraction, however in every case, we will advise you of the precautions you need to take to avoid an infection. We will always call you the next day to see how you are, and offer any help or advice that is needed.