What exactly is an extraction?
An extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, we’ll try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired, and it will need to be extracted.
Did you know?Aspirin can induce bleeding following an extraction, so it’s important to avoid it. Paracetamol (if you are able to take it) is a great alternative.
Will it hurt?
If a tooth extraction is needed, we’ll provide a local anaesthetic to ensure the area is numb and any discomfort is kept to a minimum.
Is the procedure safe?
Yes. When performed by expert dentists like ourselves, an extraction is absolutely safe. If necessary, we’ll provide a special dressing to protect the exposed socket after treatment, too.
What should I do after an extraction?
Avoid hot food or drinks until the anaesthetic wears off. This is important as your ability to feel pain may be impaired, which can result in you burning or scalding your mouth. You should also take care not to chew your cheek. For the rest of the day you should rest. Try to keep your head higher for the first night using an extra pillow if possible. It is also a good idea to use an old pillowcase, or put a towel on the pillow, in case you bleed a little.