Why a tooth might need extracting
A dental extraction will only be planned as a last resort if your tooth is not responding to treatment or is badly damaged. It may become necessary when:
• you have extensive decay
• there has been trauma to the tooth
• the tooth has an abscess and infection
• you have a cracked or split tooth
• advanced gum disease causes loose or damaged teeth
What happens during a dental extraction and will it hurt?
At your appointment, the first thing we’ll do is numb the tooth and the surrounding gum with a local anesthetic. This means that you feel no pain from the tooth during the treatment. Once we’ve checked that you are fully numb, we’ll use careful forces to remove the tooth. The only thing you’ll feel is slight pressure but no pain. Once we have removed the tooth, a piece of gauze will be placed over the socket and we’ll ask you to bite down to stop any bleeding and help the clotting process.
Sometimes, the tooth can be more of a challenge and may require a surgical approach; this is most often the case when it comes to wisdom teeth. It will still be painless, but just requires a surgical incision.
How to take care of your teeth after the extraction
It’s really important that you follow our post extraction instructions in order to reduce the risk of complications. The main points are:
• Make sure you rest; no physical activity straight after
• No smoking or alcohol
• Eat a soft diet while you heal
• Avoid touching or poking the socket
• Start warm salty mouthwashes 24 hours after
• Use a cold pack for any swelling
How can I replace my tooth?
Depending on which tooth has been extracted, you may miss the tooth. However, If losing the tooth has caused chewing difficulties or appearance issues then don’t worry, there are various ways to replace your tooth. The three main options are a denture, bridgework, or a dental implant. We’ll discuss which would be best suited to you after your extraction.