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Tooth Extraction in Noosa

painful jawAt Morton Dental, we understand that maintaining a healthy smile is important to you. While our goal is always to preserve your natural teeth, there are instances when a tooth extraction becomes necessary. We want to provide you with the information you need to understand the reasons for extractions, what to expect during the procedure, and how to care for your mouth afterwards.

What Are Some Common Reasons for Needing a Tooth Extraction?

  • Tooth Decay: In cases where advanced tooth decay cannot be effectively treated with a filling or root canal, extraction may be required.
  • Gum Disease: Periodontitis, which is severe gum disease, can lead to tooth mobility and bone loss, requiring the removal of affected teeth.
  • Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Also known as the third molars, wisdom teeth often become impacted or cause crowding, making extraction necessary.
  • Dental Trauma: Teeth damaged as a result of accidents, sports injuries, or other traumatic events may require removal.
  • Crowding: In orthodontic cases, overcrowded teeth may require extraction to create space for correct alignment.
  • Infection or Abscess: A severe tooth infection or abscess that cannot be managed with antibiotics and root canal therapy may require removal.
  • Supernumerary Teeth: Extra teeth that develop, known as supernumerary teeth, can cause issues and may require extraction.
  • Orthodontic Treatment: In certain cases, teeth may need to be removed to improve the outcome of orthodontic treatment.

What to Expect

When you visit us, our experienced team will conduct a thorough examination and review X-rays to determine if an extraction is necessary. We prioritise exploring all possible alternatives, such as crowns, fillings, or other treatments, before proceeding with an extraction.

If it is determined that an extraction is needed, we will administer a local anaesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. This ensures that you feel comfortable during the procedure.

After the extraction, it is crucial to allow your blood to clot and start the healing process in the empty socket. To facilitate this, we will place gauze in the area to promote healing.

Understanding the healing process after a tooth extraction is essential for a smooth recovery. Various factors, such as the type of extraction, your overall health, and the specific tooth involved, can influence the healing timeline. Here’s a look at the stages of recovery:

Initial Recovery (Within the First 24 Hours)

During the first day post-extraction, bleeding, swelling, and discomfort are typical. To control bleeding, gently bite down on a gauze pad placed over the extraction site. Swelling may peak on the second day but should gradually subside.

Days 2-3

Pain and swelling tend to decrease during this time, but some discomfort may persist. Make sure to follow the post-extraction care instructions provided by your dentist or oral surgeon. Resting and avoiding strenuous activities are crucial during this phase.

Days 4-7

By now, most of the acute symptoms should have improved or resolved entirely. The gum tissue at the extraction site will begin to heal and close. Stick to soft foods, maintain good oral hygiene, and avoid hard or crunchy foods.

Days 7-14

At the end of the first week and into the second week, you should observe significant progress in the healing of the extraction site.

Post-Extraction Instructions: Key Steps for Optimal Healing

Follow Your Dentist’s Instructions

Your dentist will provide specific post-extraction care instructions tailored to your situation. Adhering to these guidelines is crucial for proper healing.

  • Bite on Gauze: After the extraction, gently bite down on a gauze pad placed over the extraction site to control bleeding. Remember to change the gauze as instructed.
  • Rest: Allow yourself at least 24 hours of rest following the extraction. Avoid engaging in strenuous activities and take it easy.
  • Swelling and Ice: To reduce swelling, apply an ice pack to the outside of your cheek for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off during the first 24 hours.
  • Pain Management: Take any prescribed or over-the-counter pain medications as directed by your dentist to manage pain and discomfort effectively.
  • Diet: Stick to a soft diet for the first few days, including foods like yoghurt, pudding, mashed potatoes, and soup. Avoid hot and spicy foods. Also, avoid using straws, as the suction can dislodge blood clots.
  • Oral Hygiene: Maintain good oral hygiene, but be gentle around the extraction site. You can usually resume brushing your teeth the day after the extraction, excluding the extraction site. Avoid vigorous rinsing or spitting, as it can dislodge blood clots and delay healing.
  • Avoid Smoking and Alcohol: During the initial healing period, it’s crucial to abstain from smoking or consuming alcohol, as they can hinder the healing process.
  • Avoid Certain Foods and Habits: Refrain from consuming hard, crunchy, or scorching foods and beverages that may irritate the extraction site. Avoid chewing on the side of the mouth with the extraction for a few days, and resist the urge to touch the extraction site with your tongue or fingers.

Follow-Up Appointments

Make sure to attend any follow-up appointments scheduled by your dentist. These appointments will help monitor your healing progress and remove sutures if necessary.

Home Care Measures

Proper care of the extraction site is essential for optimal recovery and to minimise any discomfort. We recommend taking over-the-counter pain medications as directed, which may alleviate tenderness in the days after the procedure. We advise taking these medications before the anaesthesia wears off to prevent severe pain.

If you notice any swelling in the extraction site, using ice packs could help decrease it.

Schedule an Appointment

If you suspect you may require a tooth extraction, we encourage you to contact Morton Dental today to schedule an appointment.


* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.


Tooth Extraction Noosa Heads, Noosa Junction, Noosaville, QLD | (07) 5455 3577