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Tooth Extractions in Hervey Bay

woman touching painful jawWhile it’s ideal to keep all your teeth of course, there are times when removal is necessary. Defined as the process of removing a tooth from its socket, tooth extraction is a common dental procedure that may be advisable for various reasons.


Do I Need an Extraction?

Here are some reasons why removing a tooth may be recommended:

  • Severe Tooth Decay – If a tooth is severely decayed and cannot be restored with a filling or crown, extraction may be necessary.
  • Advanced Gum Disease – When gum disease progresses to a point where it causes tooth instability, removal may be the best course of action.
  • Impacted Wisdom Teeth - Wisdom teeth that are impacted, causing pain, infection, or misalignment, may need to be removed.
  • Orthodontic Treatment Preparation – If overcrowding is an issue, extracting a tooth may be necessary to prepare for orthodontic treatment.
  • Fractured or Broken Teeth – Teeth fractured or broken beyond repair may require removal.
  • Source of Infection or Potential Complications – To eliminate a source of infection or prevent potential complications, a tooth extraction may be recommended.

What to Expect

Before the procedure begins, your dentist will assess the tooth’s condition and surrounding structures with X-rays and an examination. Local anaesthesia or sedation options may be explained to ensure your comfort during the procedure.

Afterwards, gauze will be placed to control bleeding. We may use stitches, which will eventually be removed.

It’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions to promote proper healing. Please be aware of potential complications, such as dry socket, infection, or excessive bleeding. If any complications arise, contact your dentist promptly.

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I manage pain and swelling afterwards?

Your dentist may prescribe pain medications or recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to manage any discomfort. Applying ice packs to the affected area for recommended time frames can help reduce swelling.

What should I eat following removal?

During the initial recovery period, we recommend consuming soft foods and liquids to avoid irritating the extraction site.

How do I take care of my teeth afterwards?

A gentle oral care routine should be followed, initially avoiding the extraction area. Your dentist will advise you on when and how to resume normal oral hygiene practices.

Book an Appointment

If your tooth bothers you and you’re not sure if an extraction is required, contact Hervey Bay Dental to schedule an appointment.


Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.


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