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Dental Extractions at Robina Quays Dental Care, Gold Coast

Understanding the Need for Tooth Extractions

Dental extractions, the process of removing a tooth from its socket, are sometimes necessary for various reasons. At Robina Quays Dental Care, we perform extractions with precision and care, ensuring the best outcomes for our patients.


Why Extractions Are Needed

  • Severe Decay: When a tooth is too decayed to be repaired.
  • Periodontal Disease: Advanced gum disease can lead to tooth looseness, necessitating extraction.
  • Dental Crowding: To create space for orthodontic treatment.
  • Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Removal of wisdom teeth that are not properly erupted or aligned.
  • Dental Trauma: Severely damaged teeth from injury may require extraction.

The Process of Dental Extraction

  • Consultation: A thorough examination, including X-rays, to determine the need for extraction.
  • Painless Procedure: We use local anesthesia to numb the area, ensuring a pain-free experience.
  • Extraction: The tooth is carefully and gently removed.
  • Aftercare: Detailed instructions are provided to ensure a smooth recovery.

Pros and Cons of Tooth Extraction


  • Pain Relief: Removes the source of pain and discomfort.
  • Prevents Further Issues: Addresses problems that could worsen if the tooth remains.
  • Paves Way for Treatment: Creates space for further dental work, like orthodontics or implants.


  • Recovery Time: Requires a healing period post-extraction.
  • Potential for Misalignment: Adjacent teeth may shift if the gap is not filled.
  • Jawbone Changes: Prolonged absence of a tooth can lead to bone loss in the jaw.

Ensuring a Comfortable Experience

At Robina Quays Dental Care, we focus on making the extraction process as comfortable and painless as possible. Our skilled team uses the latest techniques and equipment to ensure minimal discomfort during and after the procedure.

Aftercare and Recovery

  • Follow-Up Care: We provide follow-up appointments to monitor healing and discuss replacement options if necessary.
  • Post-Extraction Instructions: Guidance on managing discomfort, preventing infection, and promoting healing.

Schedule Your Appointment

  • If you are experiencing dental pain or have been advised to consider tooth extraction, contact Robina Quays Dental Care for a consultation. Our commitment is to your comfort and oral health throughout the extraction process and recovery. 


Dental extraction is the process of removing a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. It’s a common dental procedure performed for various reasons, ranging from tooth decay, periodontal disease, to tooth impaction or overcrowding.

Reasons for tooth extraction include severe decay rendering the tooth non-restorable, advanced periodontal disease leading to loose teeth, orthodontic reasons to alleviate crowding, impacted wisdom teeth, and teeth damaged beyond repair from trauma or disease.

With modern anesthesia and sedation techniques, the tooth extraction process is typically not painful. Patients may feel pressure but should not experience pain during the procedure. Post-extraction, some discomfort is common, but it can usually be managed with over-the-counter or prescribed pain medication.

The duration of a tooth extraction varies depending on the complexity of the case. Simple extractions can take as little as a few minutes, while more complex cases, such as impacted wisdom teeth removal, may take longer.

Local anesthesia, which numbs the extraction area, is commonly used for simple extractions. For more complex procedures or for patients with dental anxiety, sedation options like nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedatives, or intravenous sedation may be used.

After a tooth extraction, it’s normal to experience some bleeding, swelling, and discomfort. Your dentist will provide specific aftercare instructions, including how to manage any pain, swelling, and how to care for the extraction site to promote healing.

Post-extraction care involves resting, avoiding strenuous activities, not rinsing your mouth vigorously, avoiding using a straw (to prevent dry socket), eating soft foods, and maintaining oral hygiene in a gentle manner around the extraction site.

While generally safe, tooth extractions can have risks, such as bleeding, infection, and dry socket – a condition where the blood clot fails to form or is dislodged, exposing bone and nerves. Proper aftercare reduces these risks significantly.

Recovery time varies, but most patients can return to normal activities within a few days. It’s advised to avoid strenuous activities for 24-48 hours to reduce bleeding and aid in clot formation.

Yes, there are several options for replacing an extracted tooth, including dental implants, bridges, or dentures. The choice depends on various factors such as the location of the missing tooth, the condition of the jawbone, overall oral health, and patient preference.

Signs that may indicate the need for a tooth extraction include severe tooth pain, swelling, gum inflammation, tooth mobility, and in some cases, the presence of an abscess. Impacted teeth, such as wisdom teeth that don’t fully emerge, can also require extraction. Chronic dental infections unresponsive to other treatments might necessitate extraction to prevent spread of infection.

Preventing the need for extractions largely involves maintaining good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. Avoiding high-sugar diets, wearing mouthguards during sports, and addressing dental issues promptly when they arise can also significantly reduce the risk of needing extractions.

Yes, extractions can be more complicated for impacted teeth, particularly wisdom teeth that are not fully erupted or are positioned at an angle. These cases may require a surgical extraction, which involves making an incision in the gum to access and remove the tooth. Surgical extractions tend to be more complex and may have a longer recovery period.

The cost of tooth extractions varies depending on the complexity of the procedure. Simple extractions usually cost less than surgical extractions. Other factors influencing the cost include the tooth’s location and the type of anesthesia used. Dental insurance can often cover a portion of the cost, but it’s best to consult with the dental office for specific pricing.

Many dental insurance plans cover at least part of the cost of tooth extractions, especially when they are deemed medically necessary. Coverage details can vary, so it’s important to review your dental insurance policy or consult with your insurance provider.

Dry socket is a painful condition that can occur after a tooth extraction, where the blood clot at the extraction site fails to develop or dislodges prematurely, exposing the underlying bone and nerves. To prevent dry socket, avoid smoking, vigorous rinsing, spitting, or using a straw in the days following the extraction. It’s also crucial to follow all post-operative instructions provided by your dentist.

Normal healing involves initial swelling and discomfort, which gradually subsides over several days. Signs of proper healing include reduced pain, minimal swelling, and the gradual formation of new gum tissue over the extraction site. If you experience persistent pain, swelling, or signs of infection, contact your dentist.

Immediately after a tooth extraction, it’s recommended to eat soft foods and avoid hot, spicy, or hard foods that could irritate the extraction site. Gradually reintroduce normal foods into your diet as healing progresses and it becomes comfortable to do so.

Alternatives to extraction depend on the tooth’s condition and may include root canal therapy, dental crowns, or periodontal treatments. However, if the tooth is severely damaged or decayed, extraction might be the most viable option.

Contact your dentist if you experience severe pain, swelling, bleeding, or signs of infection (such as fever or foul taste) after an extraction. Also, if you suspect issues like dry socket or if there’s no improvement in symptoms several days post-extraction, it’s important to seek dental advice.