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Tooth Extractions

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Necessary treatment to prevent further damage or infection

We do all we can to protect your natural teeth, but sometimes extractions are necessary. When a tooth becomes decayed or fractured to the point where a restoration cannot treat it effectively, extracting the tooth is often the only treatment to prevent further damage or infection to the surrounding area. Tooth extractions can be a form of relief, especially if you are in pain due to your problem tooth. Extractions can be simple or surgical, depending on your particular case.

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Why does my tooth need to be extracted?

There are many reasons why your tooth might need to be extracted, including:

  • Extensive decay
  • Advanced gum disease resulting in loose teeth
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • A stuck baby tooth that is preventing the emergence of a permanent tooth
  • To make room for orthodontic treatment

What to expect when you have a tooth extracted?

If you need to have a tooth extracted, there are a few things you can expect. We will first numb the area around your tooth, before using a tool to loosen the tooth and another tool to remove it. The extraction site may bleed for a few minutes after the tooth is removed. This is completely normal, and we will pack the socket with gauze to help stop the bleeding.

Extractions can be a real form of relief, especially if the problem tooth is causing dental pain. In cases of a dental emergency, extractions are a common solution to addressing a serious dental problem and providing immediate relief. There are many options for replacing missing teeth, which we are happy to discuss with you.

You will need to take it easy for a few days after the extraction. Avoid hot food and drinks and avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the tooth was extracted. You may also experience some pain and swelling. These symptoms should go away within a few days. If you have any questions or concerns about tooth extraction, please talk to us.

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Types of tooth extraction

1. Simple extractions

Removing teeth can be a very straightforward procedure. For simple extractions, we loosen the tooth with dental forceps under local anaesthetic. The tooth comes out easily without touching the surrounding gums.

2. Surgical extractions

In some cases, we may need to give the tooth a helping hand to remove it successfully. A surgical extraction involves making a small incision in the gum to remove a tooth that may have broken off or is concealed under the gum. For large teeth, we may need to remove them in parts.

3. Wisdom tooth extraction

The extraction of wisdom teeth is usually a cause of great concern and anxiety for patients. Our caring, professional, and skillful approach to surgery allows most patients the reassurance required for such a procedure. For those patients who are still concerned, we strongly recommend sedation as it effectively relieves anxiety and produces deep relaxation whilst you are still awake.

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Frequently asked questions

What to expect after tooth extraction?

Immediately after your tooth has been taken out, try to keep the site clean by rinsing it with warm, salty water. You can expect some bleeding and swelling in the area, and some pain, but this is normal. Encourage healing of the affected area by eating softer foods and chewing on the opposite side of your mouth. Also, try to avoid smoking or using a straw, as these can dislodge the clot that forms in the hole after extraction. These symptoms should go away within a few days. If you have any concerns or questions, please talk to us.

Do tooth extractions hurt?

Your tooth extraction shouldn’t hurt, but you will feel pressure in your mouth and hear loud noises during the treatment. We use local anaesthetic to numb the affected area before we begin, so you won’t feel any pain.

How long does it take to recover from wisdom tooth extraction?

The recovery time for wisdom tooth extraction varies from person to person. Most people can return to their normal activities within a few days. However, some people may experience swelling and pain for up to a week. It is important to follow your dentist’s instructions for care and recovery.

What are the risks of wisdom tooth extraction?

There are a few risks associated with wisdom tooth extraction, including infection, bleeding, dry sockets and nerve damage. These risks are rare, but they can occur. It is important to talk to your dentist about the risks of wisdom tooth extraction before the procedure.

What are the benefits of wisdom tooth extraction?

There are several benefits to having a wisdom tooth extraction, including relief from pain, improvements to your oral health and improved alignment of your teeth. If you are experiencing pain, infection, or other problems with your wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth extraction may be the best option for you.

Can I replace my extracted tooth?

Yes, if you would like to fill the gap left by your missing tooth, we have many treatment options. We are happy to discuss the benefits of dental bridges, partial dentures and dental implants with you, helping you to decide which would be most suitable for you.

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