For many people, the word extraction is enough to cause nervousness and anxiety, but often, tooth extraction is the best course of action and the procedure is actually a lot less painful and stressful than you may think.
About tooth extraction
Extraction is a procedure, which involves removing a tooth. It is often recommended when a tooth is severely decayed or infected or if it causing you pain; this is often the case when wisdom teeth are taken out. Tooth extraction is usually only recommended when it is not worth saving the tooth (usually in the case of a baby tooth or a wisdom tooth) or if there is no other alternative. In some cases, when the tooth is infected, it may be possible to save it by means of root canal treatment; however, if the tooth is rotten and there’s no chance of saving it, extraction is the preferred course of action.
What happens when a tooth is extracted?
Before a tooth is extracted, local anaesthetic is used to numb the tooth and prevent you from feeling any pain. Once the tooth is completely numb, your dentist will start the procedure. The extraction procedure is usually straightforward and involves gently moving the tooth in the socket to loosen the tooth and make the next step easier. Your dentist will use specially designed dental instruments to widen the socket and gently move the tooth from side to side. Once the tooth is loose, your dentist will prise the tooth out of its socket. It is common for the socket to bleed once the tooth has been taken out and soft cloth will be applied to the socket to stem bleeding and encourage a clot to form to begin the healing process.
After extraction, once the effects of the local anaesthetic have worn off, you may feel mild discomfort; if this is the case, we recommend taking over the counter painkillers to make you feel more comfortable.