Oral Surgeon

Do I Need a Surgical Extraction?

By taking an x-ray and examining your tooth, your dentist can usually determine whether or not your extraction will be simple or surgical. But there are times when a simple extraction turns into a surgical. If a tooth breaks off during the procedure, for instance, it may need to be taken out in pieces. Wisdom teeth often face surgical extraction because they're usually impacted, meaning they are not completely erupted into the mouth. This condition requires cutting through bone and tissue. Removing severely broken down teeth, root tips or teeth with long-curved roots are other examples of surgical extractions. Then there are times when the bone around a tooth has become dense, resulting in the need for surgical treatment.

Post-Extraction Instructions

With surgical extractions, you'll most likely have one or more stitches at the extraction site. Regardless of whether your extraction is simple or surgical, it's always important to closely follow your dentist's after-care instructions to speed recovery and avoid any complications. We recommend the following:

  • Bite down on a gauze pad for 30 minutes after the extraction to help stop the bleeding.

  • Avoid unnecessary talking, eating and drinking for the first two hours after extraction.

  • Drink plenty of lukewarm or cold liquids after the bleeding subsides.

  • Maintain your diet, but start with clear liquids and soft foods for the first day.

  • Don't rinse or brush your teeth for 12 hours.

  • Avoid the surgical area when brushing, although you can gently rinse with a diluted mouthwash or 1/4 teaspoon of table salt in a glass of lukewarm water.

  • Don't use straws, smoke or spit forcefully as long as there is bleeding.

  • Follow your dentist's instructions on using any prescribed pain medications.

  • Call your dentist if you have any persistent pain or bleeding.

The surgical extraction of teeth may sound a bit daunting, but with today's modern procedures and anaesthesia, you have nothing to worry about. Afterwards, you and your dentist can discuss tooth replacement options to restore the function and beauty to your smile.

Sedation

What is it?

Intravenous (IV) sedation is the method of anti-anxiety wherein the sedative is directly injected to a vein. This technique will allow the dentist to provide a deeper sedation, although you will still be awake but less aware of the procedure. The process requires recovery time after you leave the office. Sleep Dentistry is a painless way to receive your dental treatment. Conscious IV Sedation is proven to give you a more relaxed positive experience and suits patients who might feel uneasy about having a dental treatment, or perhaps trying to overcome their dental phobia.

How Will I Feel?

IV sedation induces a sleepy state of deep relaxation and a feeling of not being perturbed by what’s going on. You may not remember much about your treatment at all.

Is It Safe?

Yes, it is completely safe. At Newpark Clinic you will be looked after by our qualified and experienced oral surgeon, who have been using IV sedation for more than four years.

Are You a Candidate for Sedation?

Your overall health, as well as physical and mental conditions you may be battling at the time, are important to be able to safely undergo certain types of sedation – especially in the dental office. Certain of these conditions may require clearance from a physician: cardiac disease, hypertension, diabetes and respiratory diseases should all be addressed prior to a given type of sedation. Your dentist will take a thorough medical history and physical assessment before proceeding. He or she may also ask you to receive medical clearance from your physician.

Feeling nervous?

Speak to our friendly staff on the phone or email your particular concerns to us. You are treated as an individual and we take care to listen and understand your particular concerns.

To book an appointment at our Oral surgeon clinic, get in contact with Newpark Clinic today.