PRACTICE LOCATION

 

Practice Location

Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068
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OPENING HOURS

 

Opening hours

Monday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 8am to 5pm
Thursday 8am to 5pm
Friday 8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays

  CONTACT

 

info@rivercitydental.com.au
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(07) 3667 9595
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Practice Location

Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068
Get directions

Opening hours

Monday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 8am to 5pm
Thursday 8am to 5pm
Friday 8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays

info@rivercitydental.com.au
Email us

(07) 3667 9595
Call us

Practice Location

Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068
Get directions

Opening hours

Monday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 8am to 5pm
Thursday 8am to 5pm
Friday 8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays

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TOOTH REMOVAL

While the professionals at River City Dental are experts in repairing teeth and helping patients to maintain good preventive oral health, sometimes tooth removal – or extraction – is necessary. Regular appointments for check up and cleaning services with River City Dental can help keep extreme measures, such as tooth removal, at bay.

A root canal process is often used to repair a large or deep cavity that cannot be fixed with a simple filling. However, in some cases the damage may be too great or may pose a risk of further infection to the gum, meaning that extraction is the best option.

Accidents, such as a tooth being badly broken or cracked, may require extraction if the damage cannot be repaired by any method (refer to ‘Emergency Dental’ page). Also, medication can sometimes badly affect teeth, and overcrowding – too many teeth in the mouth which can lead to problems with biting and chewing – often requires extraction if unable to be fixed by fitting braces or aligners.

Most people will have one, several or all of their wisdom teeth removed at some stage. If there are no additional issues, this can be a simple extraction. However, in some cases – such as the tooth or teeth being impacted – surgery may be required. Our dentists will take x-rays of the wisdom teeth to determine which one or ones need to be removed, and whether it will be a straightforward or more complicated process.

Most extractions will be a simple process taking from 30 to 90 minutes, and requiring only a local anesthetic. Teeth that are impacted – lodged in the gum – will require surgical extraction.

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Most people will have one, several or all of their wisdom teeth removed at some stage. If there are no additional issues, this can be a simple extraction. However, in some cases – such as the tooth or teeth being impacted – surgery may be required. Our dentists will take x-rays of the wisdom teeth to determine which one or ones need to be removed, and whether it will be a straightforward or more complicated process.

Most extractions will be a simple process taking from 30 to 90 minutes, and requiring only a local anesthetic. Teeth that are impacted – lodged in the gum – will require surgical extraction.

Some frequently asked questions about tooth removal:

Is tooth extraction painful?

No, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area or areas first. If necessary a general anesthetic can be used, but most people will not require this for a simple extraction. We will provide and recommend painkillers for the next 48 hours after the anesthetic wears off. If you experience any pain or complications after this time, you should contact us immediately.

Can my regular dentist do a surgical tooth or teeth removal?

At River City Dental our professionals are highly experienced and up to date with best practice knowledge and skills. However, a surgical extraction – which may be unusually complicated or potentially affect the position or function of other teeth – may require the skills of an oral surgeon. Your dentist will thoroughly examine the tooth or teeth in question and provide expert advice. If an oral surgeon is required, we have an extensive professional and industry referral network.

Care and maintenance after tooth extraction

As with all major dental procedures there can be some residual soreness and sensitivity after the procedure, but this is generally managed with painkillers (always contact us if pain or soreness persists beyond 48 hours). Care should be taken when eating and when cleaning teeth – avoid cleaning and vigorous rinsing for at least 48 hours, as a healing blood clot will form after the extraction which needs to stay in place for this period of time. Applying a cold compress or ice pack to the cheek can help with any swelling. As always, contact us immediately if you notice – after the 48 hour time period – any soreness, swelling or throbbing, as it may be a sign of incomplete healing or infection.

How can I prevent needing to have teeth removed?

Prevention! The same advice we give all our patients applies here also – regular check ups will identify small problems before they become bigger, and regular cleaning and scaling will prevent cavities and plaque buildup. Taking care when participating in active sports and hobbies and considering protective mouthguards – particularly for children – can also help prevent dental accidents.

Should baby teeth be removed or just left to fall out?

Often any problems with baby teeth – such as cavities – will be resolved by the loss of this tooth and the growth of adult teeth. While extraction of baby teeth is generally a dental ‘last resort’, it may be necessary if the tooth is badly damaged, cracked, or decayed. For minor decay a general filling is suitable, but to perform a root canal on a baby tooth – or any tooth – is not a simple procedure, and will require more than one visit to fix. Often a better outcome for the child is to leave the tooth if it will soon fall out naturally (however this will depend on how soon, and other details). Our professional dentists will advise on all these decisions at your child’s regular check up.

River City Dental Dentist Brisbane Dr John Bacalakis

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River City Dental Dentist Brisbane Dr John Bacalakis

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River City Dental Dentist Brisbane Dr John Bacalakis

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Dental Warnings:
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with this treatment option, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. River City Dental only provides care suitable to the individual patient, as no one dental treatment is suitable for each and every patient. Informed consent must be given by the patient after suitability for the dental treatment has been confirmed at extensive examination and consultation appointments. All photographs shown on this website are actual patients treated by Dr John Bacalakis and are for general purposes only. Individual patient results will vary.

River City Dental Dentist Brisbane Dr John Bacalakis

(07) 3667 9595

info@rivercitydental.com.au

Practice Location
River City Dental Indooroopilly
Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068

Opening Hours
Monday9am to 7pm
Tuesday9am to 5pm
Wednesday8am to 5pm
Thursday8am to 5pm
Friday8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays

River City Dental Dentist Brisbane Dr John Bacalakis

(07) 3667 9595

info@rivercitydental.com.au

Practice Location
River City Dental Indooroopilly
Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068

Opening Hours
Monday9am to 7pm
Tuesday9am to 5pm
Wednesday8am to 5pm
Thursday8am to 5pm
Friday8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays