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Tooth Extraction

Extraction means to remove the tooth from the mouth.

Extraction of a tooth is always considered as a last resort for our dentists and they endeavor to save every tooth, if it is safe and possible to do so. However, sometimes a tooth cannot be saved, and an extraction is the best long term treatment.

Reasons why we would extract a tooth:

  • Trauma that can not be rectified through other methods such as crown or root therapy
  • Infection / swelling – patient choice of extraction over root therapy
  • Failed root therapy
  • Repeat infection / inflammation of wisdom tooth

What happens during an extraction?

We want you to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible during every treatment, so local anesthetic  will be available to ensure there is no pain / sensitivity. There is also an option for sedation  for those with dental anxiety.

Once anesthesia has been established, the dentist will very gently ease the tooth out with special techniques. These are small, controlled movements of pressure that gently widen the socket and detach the tooth from the ligaments holding it in place. It is simply then a case of removing the tooth with forceps.

Usually, the tooth will be removed in one piece, however if a tooth is heavily filled or broken down, it may require additional care. Surgical extraction is the term used for the requirement of accessing the tooth from gum level. This sometimes means the dentist will have to remove some gum tissue or bone to enable them to remove all of the tooth. Stitches are commonly required, and some further aftercare, but the treatment is relatively straight forward.

extraction aftercare

It’s always important to closely follow post-care instructions to ensure a fast recovery and avoid any complications.