At Aqua Dental Spa, we understand that the thought of a trip to the dentist can be daunting, let alone the experience of having a tooth extracted. But we’re here to tell you and show you that you don’t need to be afraid. With our expert dentists, you’re in the safest possible hands and all members of our team will do everything they can to ensure that you feel relaxed and prevent you from feeling anxious or worried. The procedure to extract a tooth is actually relatively simple and there’s nothing for you to worry about. The process takes place under local anaesthetic, so you shouldn’t feel a thing.
What happens when a tooth is removed?
If you have a rotten or severely damaged tooth and there is a risk of further injury or infection, your dentist may recommend extraction.
Before you have a tooth extracted, you will be given local anaesthetic to prevent you from feeling any pain. Once the effects have become apparent, your dentist will gently start to pull the tooth from side to side in the socket using a special pair of dental pliers. Once it is loose, they will then remove the tooth to release it from the socket. It’s normal for the gums to bleed after extraction and we will stem the blood flow by applying gentle pressure to the socket. Once bleeding has stopped, you’ll be free to go home. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist. After extraction, you may feel mild discomfort and it may be advisable to take over the counter pain relief.
Are there any alternatives?
Extraction is usually the last resort following an accident or injury or when a tooth is so severely infected that there is no chance of saving it. If you have an infected tooth and your dentist thinks the tooth may be salvageable, root canal treatment may be recommended. This procedure removes decayed and damaged pulp tissue (the living tissue of the tooth) from the root canals and seals them to stop infection from spreading. Your dentist will explain how the procedure works and how it could benefit you when you have your consultation if root canal treatment is an option.