Dental extractions or removal of teeth is a common procedure performed in a dental clinic. The reason for tooth extractions in a child could be due to trauma, extensive decay or a mobile tooth accompanied with a patient wait for the tooth Fairy to arrive. They are usually replaced by a permanent tooth. In Adults extractions are considered the last resort if the tooth cannot be saved by other means. Extractions are required if there is extensive caries, Advanced gum disease causing mobility of teeth, Trauma with deep fractures or Extra teeth.
Firstly, the tooth is removed after giving Local anaesthetic. Once numbness is felt, slight movements are made with forceps for a simple extraction to loosen the tooth and will be removed. Then some gauze is placed at the site and you close your mouth gently until a clot is formed. We will try to ensure that our patients are kept relaxed and comfortable through every stage of the procedure. Our Dentist will be able to provide you with post-operative care and medication to help you progress with a quick and effective recovery.
We recommend avoiding hot food and having soft diet on the day and the next immediately after extraction. Also rinsing your mouth gently as it could displace the blood clot and cause more bleeding if being vigorous with rinsing. The healing process is gradual and will usually take a week to two. A piece of sterile gauze can be placed if bleeding continues and have to bite down gently. Swelling is normal in some cases and could last a few days. Painkillers are to be taken as advised by your Dentist if required and contact your clinic if any symptoms persist.
When you have a damaged tooth it is important to act proactively in order to prevent ongoing issues and reduce the need for tooth removal or associated extraction costs.