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Tooth Extraction

Tooth Extraction

Although we aim to help our patients keep their natural teeth through preventative care and regular check-ups, tooth extractions may sometimes be necessary for several reasons. Severe tooth decay that renders a tooth unsuitable for root canal therapy may be one reason, as can gum disease and fractured teeth. Additionally, tooth extraction is a regularly performed procedure for problematic wisdom teeth.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth (third molars) usually break through the gums when you are in your late teens or early twenties. Often there is limited space for these teeth to grow and they can become impacted and cause problems. Removing wisdom teeth is a very common procedure and can usually be done in our surgery. However in complicated cases it may be necessary to refer you to a specialist for extraction.

What to expect after a tooth extraction?

Different people will heal at different speeds after an extraction. It is important to maintain a clean mouth, making sure that the socket is kept clear of food debris. Do not rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours, and this will help your mouth to start healing. After this time you can use a salt-water mouthwash, which may help to heal the socket. A teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water gently rinsed around the socket twice a day can help to clean and heal the area. Keep this up for at least a week or for as long as your dentist tells you.


Dry socket is one of the most common problems that can occur after tooth extraction. This is when, for some reason, a blood clot was not  formed or it was disturbed so the tooth socket doesn’t heal as quickly as expected. This often happens within two to four days after the tooth extraction and is extremely painful. Dry socket is more common after extraction of lower molar teeth, if you’re taking the contraceptive pill or if you smoke.

Contact us immediately if you experience the following after the tooth extraction:

  • Prolonged bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Severe pain
  • High temperature (fever)

Anxious about the procedure?

Our practice is equipped with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) apparatus which has sedative and analgesic (pain controlling) properties that can help patients whom could be feeling anxious about having treatment.

Our dentists in Murwillumbah can help you with any of your oral healthcare issues, including removing impacted teeth and replacing extracted teeth to give you a smile you are proud of.