Common reasons why a tooth may need to be removed, include:
For a routine extraction, the tooth is loosened with an instrument called an elevator. Then forceps can be used to simply remove the tooth. For more complex extractions a small incision (cut) into the gum and removal of bone may be necessary to surgically remove a badly broken or impacted tooth.
During a tooth extraction, you can expect to feel pressure only, but no pain.
Most extractions area straightforward and quick therefore can successfully be performed using simple local anaesthetic.
However, young children and anxious patients may benefit from sedation or even general anaesthetic to aid successful treatment.
Having a tooth extracted is a surgical procedure.
Therefore, some post-treatment mild discomfort is to be expected when the anaesthetic wears off. This discomfort can usually be kept under control with mild painkillers such as Ibuprofen.
- A clean and healthy mouth aids healing;
- Rest for a few hours following the treatment;
- Rinse with warm salty water during the 24 hours after the extraction;
- No smoking for 3 days;
- No food and drinking while you are still numb from the local anaesthetic;
- Bite down on a clean piece of gauze if slight bleeding occurs;
- Complete healing takes at least two weeks.