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Tooth Extractions

Tooth Extractions

Why Tooth Extraction is needed

Tooth removal (or tooth extraction) involves having one or more teeth completely removed from your mouth.
There are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed. A very common reason involves a

  • tooth thatbeyond repair damaged from trauma or decay.
  • a crowded mouth.
  • infection/ Risk of infection. 
  • gum disease (periodontal disease).
  • a broken tooth that can’t be repaired
  • impacted wisdom teeth.

Tooth Extraction Procedure

  1. Before pulling the tooth, your dentist will give you an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. If you are having more than one tooth pulled or if a tooth is impacted, your dentist may use a strong general anesthetic. This will prevent pain throughout your body and make you sleep through the procedure.
  2. If the tooth is impacted, the dentist will cut away gum and bone tissue that cover the tooth and then, using forceps, grasp the tooth and gently rock it back and forth to loosen it from the jaw bone and ligaments that hold it in place. Sometimes, a hard-to-pull tooth must be removed in pieces.. You shouldn’t feel any pain.
  3. Most teeth only take a few minutes to remove. Afterwards, your dentist may close your tooth socket with stitches

What to expect after Tooth Extraction

After a local anaesthetic it may take several hours before the feeling comes back into your mouth.

If you need pain relief, you can take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Always read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicine and if you have any questions, ask your pharmacist for advice.

After having your tooth removed, there are certain steps you can take to help your recovery.

  • Don’t rinse your mouth out for at least six hours. After that, rinse gently with water. If you like, you can try adding half a teaspoon of table salt dissolved in a glass of warm water.
  • When you feel ready to eat, start with sips of warm (not hot or spicy), soft or pureed food that you don’t need to chew. Don’t suck on a straw.
  • If your gum bleeds, bite down on a clean pad of material such as a clean handkerchief for at least 15 minutes.
  • Don’t drink alcohol for at least 24 hours and don’t smoke for as long as possible – at least 24 hours.

It can take several days to a week to make a full recovery. You can brush your teeth but keep your toothbrush away from the healing wound to begin with, brushing closer to it each day.