We do all we can to protect your natural teeth, but sometimes extractions are necessary.
They can provide a real form of relief, especially if your problem tooth is causing you pain, and are a common solution to addressing a serious dental problem and relieving pain in a dental emergency case.
Reasons for extracting teeth include:
- Extensive decay or advanced gum disease
- Impacting wisdom teeth
- Removing a baby tooth which has failed to fall out and is preventing the emergence of a permanent tooth
- More room needed for successful orthodontic treatment or to ensure new dentures fit properly
Removing teeth can be a very straight-forward procedure. For simple extractions, we will loosen your tooth with dental forceps under local anaesthetic. The tooth then comes out easily without touching the surrounding gums.
In some cases, we may need to give the tooth a helping hand to remove it successfully. A surgical extraction involves making a small incision in the gum to remove a tooth that may have broken off or is partly concealed under the gum. We may need to remove larger teeth in parts.
Advice after your extraction
- After your tooth has been taken out, try to keep the site clean by rinsing with warm, salty water.
- Eating softer foods and chewing on the opposite side of your mouth will encourage healing of the affected area
- Try to avoid smoking or using a straw, as these can dislodge the clot that forms in the hole left after extraction
If you experience intense pain a few days after your extraction, you may have developed an infection or a condition known as dry socket. You will need to see your dentist, who will help rectify the problem and alleviate any pain.
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We’ll always talk you through your options and give you all the information you need to ensure the decision you make is the right one for you.
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