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Dental Extractions

Man in dental chairWhen teeth are non-restorable, it’s best to remove them altogether. We often recommend dental extractions when teeth are experiencing symptoms of

  • Aggressive periodontal disease
  • Severe pain or abscesses
  • Deep areas of decay
  • Breakage or fractures over most of the tooth
  • Dental emergencies

Do I Need an Extraction?

The first thing we want to do is evaluate your tooth and take an X-ray. This image will allow us to see into the tooth structure and root, which aren’t visible during a visual exam. We may also perform a pulp test to determine if your tooth is still alive.

If possible, we nearly always recommend a root canal as a conservative alternative to extractions. But if your tooth cannot be restored, it will need to be taken out.

Removing a tooth creates extra space in your bite. In turn, the gap in that area makes it possible for surrounding teeth to drift out of alignment. The neighbouring teeth are not the only ones affected by the additional room. Shifting can affect your entire arch as well as the teeth opposing them (their biting partners).

In an effort to maintain proper biting patterns and avoid irregular tooth wear, we recommend replacing your tooth as soon as possible.

Depending on your oral health, it may be possible to install a dental implant on the same day as your extraction, reducing the number of appointments you need to restore your bite.

Not ready for a dental implant? Partial dentures can double as a space maintainer until you’re ready for a more long-term solution.

Most of our in-house dental extractions are planned in advance. However, there are some situations such as emergencies that may require removing the tooth on the same day. We are happy to help you get out of pain as quickly as possible and answer any questions that you have.

A simple extraction typically requires about one day off work. Surgical tooth removal (involving the bone) should allow anywhere up to 3-5 days off for recovery.

Avoid drinking through a straw for the first several days. Hard or crunchy foods as well as caffeinated beverage should also be put off for at least a week as the socket heals.

Stick to a softer diet than normal, making it a point to chew on other teeth away from the surgical site.

If we’re placing a dental implant on the same day as your extraction, you will need to wait up to a week or more before chewing on that area. The implant will need to integrate before we can uncover it, install an abutment and then place a fixed restoration such as a crown.

We’re one of the only dental offices in the area to provide in-house sedation options. Safely enjoy a comfortable tooth removal experience with our happy gas, oral sedation, twilight sedative or IV anaesthesia.

“Can My Tooth be Saved?”

For emergency and same-day tooth extractions Port Hedland contact us today.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

Extractions Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wedgefield, Pilbara WA | (08) 9173-5838