Sometimes, when a tooth is badly injured, damaged or infected, the best course of action is extraction. We understand that many patients may be apprehensive about having a tooth taken out and we go the extra mile to ensure that our patients are comfortable and relaxed. We have pain relief available, in addition to anaesthetic, and our experienced dentists will have you feeling better in no time.
About tooth extraction
Tooth extraction is usually a relatively simple procedure. However, in cases of wisdom tooth removal, the procedure may be more complex as a result of the location and angle of the tooth. Before the tooth is extracted, the gums will be numbed completely using local anaesthetic. Once you can’t feel anything, your dentist will start to move the tooth in its socket using specially designed dental pliers. As the tooth becomes loose in the socket, your dentist will then pull the tooth out. Pressure will then be applied to the socket to stem bleeding.
After you’ve had a tooth extracted, it’s common to feel mild pain and we will recommend pain relief medication to make you feel more comfortable. It’s best to avoid drinking hot drinks until the effects of the anaesthetic have completely worn off, as there is a risk of scolding. Take care not to accidentally catch or chew your cheek and prop your head up with an extra pillow the night after your treatment. This will help to prevent swelling. If possible, try to avoid rinsing your mouth for the first 24 hours after the procedure. It’s important that the blood clot forms over the socket as part of the healing process and rinsing can prevent this. For the first day or so, it may be best to stick to soft foods, as chewing may be a little uncomfortable.