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Protecting Your Oral Health From Further Damage

It is the goal of Dr. James G. Trantham to help you keep your natural teeth. There’s no better alternative than the power and functionality only a real tooth can provide. Unfortunately, it may not be in your best interest to keep that natural tooth if it will do more harm to your oral health. This is where a tooth extraction in Melbourne can prove beneficial. Using a safe and effective method, Dr. Trantham can ensure you remain comfortable while performing this type of procedure.

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When It’s Necessary to Extract a Tooth

Your dentist in Melbourne is the only trusted professional who can determine if your tooth needs to be extracted. In most cases, an alternative solution may be enough to save your tooth; however, if you are experiencing any of the following scenarios, it may be necessary for Dr. Trantham to remove the tooth:

  • Your teeth are impacted
  • You need your wisdom teeth removed
  • Preparation for orthodontic treatment, and you have crowded teeth
  • Your baby teeth have yet to fall out
  • There is severe decay or damage that is destroying the majority of your tooth’s structure
  • You are in need of partial or full dentures

What is the Extraction Process?

When teeth are plagued by severe decay or damage, a root canal is typically the go-to procedure, but if Dr. Trantham does not believe the tooth will be able to be filled properly or support a crown, it is because the tooth is too weak. At this point, extraction is the only option to prevent further damage to your oral health.

If you’re concerned a tooth extraction will include you squirming in the chair as the dentist pulls your tooth out, go ahead and file that thought away. When you arrive for your tooth extraction, Dr. Trantham will numb the area before moving forward. In addition, if necessary, you’ll receive some form of sedation or anesthesia to make you comfortable.

The following are the steps he will follow to remove your tooth:

  1. Using a specialized tool, he will gently rock the tooth back and forth until it detaches. This will only occur if the tooth is exposed above the gum line. If not, he will make an incision in the gum line and depending on the state of the tooth, he may need to break it into small pieces to extract it.
  2. Once extracted, he will pack the vacated socket with gauze, and you’ll be expected to bite down gently yet, firmly, to stop any bleeding.

Aftercare Instructions

After having a tooth extraction, you can expect the recovery process to take anywhere between 7 to 10 days. To ensure you successfully heal, here are some tips you should follow:

  • Take any pain medication or antibiotics as prescribed.
  • Leave the initial gauze in place for a few hours after the procedure.
  • Use a cold compress or ice pack on the affected area to reduce swelling. Do this for 10 minutes at a time.
  • In the first 24 hours, make sure you get plenty of rest and limit your activity.
  • Don’t rinse, spit, or use a straw in the first 24 hours. This will dislodge the blood clot.
  • After the initial 24 hours, rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Prop your head up with pillows while sleeping.

Our dedicated team genuinely looks forward to serving your every oral healthcare need. Send us an email or call today for a consultation, and discover the difference our patient-centric approach can make in your next dental experience.

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