Dr. SP Papavarnavas    Dental Surgeon
     BChD (Pretoria) BMedSc (Bloemfontein)


Dental Extractions

Do I need to have my tooth extracted?

There are several reasons to have a tooth extracted. This is necessary when a tooth is badly damaged and cannot be practically repaired or when it is decided that the tooth is no longer required or is causing discomfort.

Today, there are many advanced procedures that will help to save a tooth. However, if a tooth has been fractured or is extensively decayed and regular reconstructive dentistry won't save the day then it is probably necessary for an extraction to be carried out. Sometimes the patient may needDr Papavarnavas Dental extractions dentures which also may require several teeth to be extracted. In certain cases, extraction is more cost effective than undergoing lengthy reconstruction.

Advanced gum disease can cause the deterioration in the gum tissue and the bone supporting the tooth. This happens when the teeth are not properly cared for and the patient has not had regular dental checkups. If excessive damage has occurred, extraction is required.

Badly positioned teeth can cause pain and over time, push other teeth out of alignment. This is the case with wisdom teeth. They are situated at the very back mouth and are difficult to keep clean. This causes cavities and disease. Orthodontic procedures often require that certain teeth be extracted to make room for proper alignment.

How are dental extractions done?

Following the administering of local anaesthetic, the dentist will carefully remove the tooth. You should only feel some pressure during this process. There will be some blood loss but this is easily controlled by applying a damp piece of gauze over the extraction area.

In order to allow effective healing to take place, you should adhere to the following:

  • During the first 24 hours after surgery, it's advisable to eat soft foods.
  • Using cold compresses on the side of the face can help to reduce swelling and promote the healing process and will also help to reduce discomfort.

The dentist may prescribe a course of antibiotics to prevent infection and some pain medication as well.

Remember, if the pain continues or if swelling or bleeding becomes extreme please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Papavarnavas.




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