Tooth Extractions in Adelaide

The Importance of tooth extractions 

Tooth extractions may be necessary when the tooth is beyond repair or if there is a severe infection. The removal of the tooth or teeth could require local anesthesia & basic surgery. This depends on the location of the tooth and the condition of the nerves that are attached to the teeth & gums.

If your tooth is suffering from severe decay or damage, your dentist may recommend an extraction.

There are two types of extractions – a simple extraction & a surgical extraction.

  1. With a simple extraction, your dentist is able to loosen the tooth with an instrument referred to as an elevator. The tooth is then removed using forceps.
  2. If the tooth is broken off at the gum line or if there are other difficulties, your dentist may need to perform surgery to safely extract the tooth.
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Why You May Need a Tooth Extracted

Every patient is different, however, there are some common issues that might make a tooth extraction necessary for you.

Damage to the tooth

Trauma or decay can damage a tooth beyond repair. In situations where alternative procedures are not an option, your dentist may advise that your tooth needs to be removed.

Crowded mouth

Sometimes teeth can struggle to break through the gum line if other teeth are too big or our blocking the tooth from growing properly. If space needs to be freed up, teeth can be removed. This sort of procedure is particularly common in people who require orthodontics.


Fillings are normally used to fix tooth decay, but sometimes more action may be required if the deterioration has exposed the pulp of the tooth. Bacteria in the mouth may have infected the pulp. The dentists may choose to remove the decayed tooth in order to limit the risk of infection. But this will always be discussed with you & is another reason why regular dental visits are important. 

Non-functioning teeth

A dentist may recommend that a tooth be extracted if it is not properly aligned with other teeth. Even if this tooth is not causing any damage, this proactive surgery is designed to prevent oral health risks from ever arising. This would be done if things like braces and wisdom teeth removal have already been done.

Tooth Extraction Procedures (3 types)

There are three different types of tooth removals that can be done depending on the issue you are having. Before each of these procedures, a patient will be in constant contact with their dentist to provide:

  • X-rays
  • Medical history
  • Information about existing conditions
  • Educating & explaining so you have the knowledge

Simple extraction

This is the most common form of tooth/teeth removal. This is because it involves the extraction of visible teeth. Here, the dentist will use a local anesthetic and remove the tooth in one piece with the aid of forceps. Much like the image above.

Sectional extraction

Sectional tooth extraction procedures are conducted upon teeth that have multiple roots, which tend to be the molars at the back of the mouth. The dentist will need to separate the roots and remove them one by one in order to extract the tooth. This usually takes a bit longer than the simple extraction.

Surgical extraction

Surgical tooth extractions involve the removal of ‘impacted’ teeth (teeth that are not visible). For example, wisdom teeth our usually hidden & need to be surgically removed. This sort of procedure is comparatively more difficult than the others and may require an oral surgeon rather than a dentist.

The surgeon will need to make an incision in the gum in order to remove the invisible tooth. After gum and bone tissue is removed with a drill, the surgeon uses forceps to rock the tooth back and forth. This will loosen the tooth and make it easier to remove.

This sort of procedure often requires a general anaesthetic.

In each of these three situations, the removal of the tooth will cause profuse bleeding. As a result, the dentist/surgeon will place gauze over the removal site to absorb the blood until a clot forms. Dentists may also use dissolvable stitches to close the incision.

Frequently Asked Questions

This depends. If the dentist uses a local anaesthetic, then yes. If a general anaesthetic is used, then no. Patients undergoing surgery involving sedation will require someone to drive them home. But we will inform you which one you will need and what your required to do pre and post the operation

Medicare does not cover dental examinations. Under some circumstances, the Australian Government may provide financial assistance, for example, children who are eligible for the Child Dental Benefit Scheme or those who have been issued vouchers to undergo dental treatment may be able to use medicare. But it is covered under most health insurance. but it is best to talk to your insurance company beforehand to double-check.

This will vary from person to person as each extraction is different, as well as each persons recovery time will be different. The worst of the swelling usually passes by the second day but it can continue for a week or so. Icepacks and warm compresses should be used to try and reduce swelling.

No, don’t use mouthwash. Gentle rinses with salted water are strongly advised. Mouthwashes should be avoided.

Yes. This procedure is generally safe for children. However, each person is different and the specifics of a child’s case should be discussed with a dentist prior to organising a procedure.

It is important to note that removing a baby’s tooth may be unnecessary based on the fact that it will eventually fall out and be replaced by a permanent tooth.

The rest is most ideal. However, a healthy diet and vitamin C supplements can help significantly. Along with ice packs, and potentially some drugs but please talk to us or your GP. Pain killers, & sometimes anti-inflammatories can help to speed up the recovery & comfort if you have to get back to work asap.

Generally, a few hours. which is why we recommend that you get someone to drive you home.