Skip to content

Extractions & Wisdom Teeth at Wellness Dental Bronte

Sometimes the best thing for your smile isn’t to repair a tooth but to have it removed. If we feel that it’s not possible to save or restore it with a root canal, then an extraction is usually in order.

We’ll take an X-ray of your tooth to evaluate the root structures, nerve tissue and extent of any damage. If we’ve established that you need to have it extracted, we can either arrange to remove it on the day or plan for a surgical extraction at a separate appointment. It’s our goal to get you out pain or discomfort as quickly as possible.

Keeping You Comfortable

Illustration of tooth being extractedIf you feel a bit uneasy about having a tooth removed, please know that we do everything possible to keep you comfortable. Numbing gel is applied to your gums first, so that you don’t have to feel the local anaesthetic being injected. After your tooth is fully numbed, we can remove it without you experiencing any type of discomfort.

Depending on the situation, an extraction appointment may take anywhere from half to a full hour.

It’s important to carefully follow your post extraction instructions to prevent any unnecessary soreness. For the first 24 hours, don’t spit or rinse and avoid eating on that side of your mouth. You likely want to avoid anything that’s too hot or cold, as it might irritate the extraction site. After 24 hours you can gently rinse with warm saltwater to alleviate any swelling. If you’re taking medication, be sure to follow the prescribed directions.

After 48 hours, most people are able to return to normal activities (including going back to work or school).

Illustration of wisdom teeth

Wisdom Tooth Removal

The wisdom teeth tend to press on the ones next to them, causing soreness and overall crowding. If you have jaw pain or facial swelling, we’ll take a panoramic X-ray or OPG to evaluate the position of your wisdom teeth and how they relate to the structures around them.

If we feel that your third molars are going to be impacted, prone to infection or damage the teeth next to them, a proactive wisdom tooth extraction is typically advised.

Extraction Considerations and Alternatives

It’s always our priority to help you preserve your natural teeth. If we feel that it’s possible to save a tooth with a crown or root canal, it’s usually best to opt for that route of care as opposed to getting the tooth taken out.

After an extraction there are other considerations to keep in mind, such as replacing your tooth with a bridge or dental implant. If tooth removal is optional, it’s typically best to just maintain natural function and spacing by preserving it as long as possible.

Orthodontic Extractions

In rare situations, it might be necessary to remove a baby or impacted tooth that’s interfering with normal orofacial development. Such tooth removals are usually performed under the recommendation of an orthodontist.

Need a Consultation?

Find out if you need an extraction or wisdom teeth Bronte removal by scheduling a consultation today.

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


Tooth Extractions Bronte, Clovelly, Waverley, Bondi NSW | (02) 9131 4112