Relieving the pain of damaged or painful teeth

While we do everything we can to protect and save your natural teeth, sometimes extractions are necessary. Having a tooth taken out can provide welcome relief, particularly if the problem tooth is causing you pain. If you wish to replace your missing tooth, we are happy to discuss the wide range of options available.

What is the procedure for tooth extractions?

Before undergoing an extraction, we thoroughly examine your mouth and discuss your dental and medical history, including any medications you have been prescribed.

The extraction procedure is performed using local anaesthetic, with the affected area numbed to keep you comfortable throughout. The tooth is then loosened using dental forceps, moving it softly from side to side until it is ready to be completely removed. It is normal to feel some pressure during the extraction, but the local anaesthetic should keep any discomfort to a minimum.

After your tooth has been successfully removed, it is normal to see some bleeding, and we may use stitches in the affected area to fasten and help it heal.

In some cases, tooth extractions can be more complex, so we may have to make a small cut through your gum to reach the root of your tooth. We also may need to remove larger teeth in parts. It is important to remove the entire root as any remaining tissue could lead to an infection or abscess.

Are there any risks involved in a tooth extraction?

Although the vast majority of extractions are carried out safely and successfully, as with any surgical procedure there are some risks involved. Complications can include pain, swelling, bruising, numbness (or tingling), limitation of mouth opening and post-op infection. Sometimes we place stitches to help with healing of the area. A review appointment is always preferred to ensure the area is healing correctly.

The most common complication of a tooth extraction is a “dry socket”. This is when the blood fails to clot causing delayed healing. This can be painful but must be treated straight away by calling us on 01367 253685.

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Extraction Aftercare