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Tooth Extraction

Having a tooth extracted can be an unnerving experience full of questions and concerns over the procedure, recovery, and aftercare. When it’s time to remove a damaged, diseased, or problematic tooth, it’s normal to feel apprehensive about the process. However, being informed about what to expect can help ease your mind.

 

When do I need a tooth extraction?

There are several reasons why our dentists may recommend a tooth extraction. Common reasons include severe tooth decay, broken or damaged teeth, crowded teeth (especially wisdom teeth), preparing for orthodontic treatment such as braces, and teeth that are non-restorable due to root fractures or advanced periodontal disease. If a tooth is too damaged or diseased to be repaired with a filling, crown, or other treatment, your dentist or oral surgeon will likely suggest extraction to remove the tooth and prevent further issues.

Do tooth extractions hurt?

You will be given a local anaesthetic before the extraction to numb the area around the tooth and block pain. This reduces the risk of pain during the procedure. You may feel some pressure as the tooth is being removed, but you should not feel sharp pain due to the local anaesthetic. Once the local anaesthetic wears off, it is normal to have some residual pain and discomfort around the extraction site. This can last for a few days after the procedure. Your dentist can recommend pain medication to help manage this postoperative pain.

How is the extraction performed?

The dentist will first administer a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding gum tissue before the extraction begins. For a simple extraction, the dentist will use dental tools called elevators to loosen the tooth and gently rock it back and forth until it comes out of the socket. If needed, the tooth may be sectioned or cut into pieces to make removal easier, especially for teeth with curved roots or that are fused to the bone. This is called a surgical extraction. An oral surgeon is often needed for difficult extractions.

Once the tooth is removed, the dentist will place gauze over the extraction site and have you bite down to help stop the bleeding. The empty tooth socket will gradually fill in with bone over time. Blood clots will form in the socket which is an important part of the healing process. It’s critical to avoid dislodging this protective blood clot after extraction.

What is the recovery time?

Healing time is usually 1-2 weeks after a simple extraction. You may have some discomfort, pain, and swelling for the first 3-4 days as the anaesthetic wears off. This should gradually decrease over the recovery period. Avoid strenuous activity, smoking, and drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours after the extraction. This reduces the risk of infections and helps the blood clot form properly. Drink cool liquids and eat soft foods for a few days. You can slowly return to normal activity after 24 hours. Give the practice a call if severe pain, heavy bleeding, or fever develops.

How do I care for the extraction site?

It’s important to keep the extraction site clean to prevent infection while healing. Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water a few times a day, especially after meals. Don’t spit or vigorously swish as this can dislodge the blood clot. Avoid drinking from a straw, as the suction can also disturb the clot. Refrain from smoking after an extraction, which impairs healing and increases risk of dry socket. Use over-the-counter pain medication as recommended. Contact your dentist if bleeding won’t stop or if you have concerns about proper healing.

When can I eat normally after having a tooth being extracted?

Stick with soft, cool foods for the first day or two after having a tooth extracted. Avoid very hot, hard, crunchy, or spicy foods that could irritate the extraction site. Gradually return to your normal diet after a few days when it’s more comfortable to chew. Additionally, avoid drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours after the extraction since this can thin your blood and increase the risk of bleeding. Take care when chewing on the side of the extraction to avoid disturbing the blood clot as the site heals.

Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Wisdom teeth often become impacted or erupt partially. This can cause pain, damage to nearby teeth and gum tissue, and lead to infections. Because they are difficult to clean, wisdom teeth have a high likelihood of tooth decay and periodontal disease if not removed. Extracting wisdom teeth early often reduces the risk of complications in the future. Even non-problematic wisdom teeth are sometimes extracted as a preventative measure.

How is wisdom tooth extraction performed?

Our oral surgeon will administer local anaesthetic to numb the area for extraction. Because wisdom teeth have not fully erupted and have long roots, the surgeon may have to cut into the gum tissue and/or drill away a small amount of bone to completely expose the tooth for removal. The tooth may also need to be cut into smaller pieces if the roots are curved or hooked. Stitches are usually placed to close the surgical site afterwards.

What is recovery like after wisdom teeth removal?

Recovering from wisdom tooth extraction typically takes 1-2 weeks. Swelling, minor bleeding, pain, and bruising around the site are common after surgery. Rinse very gently with warm salt water but avoid disturbing the surgical site. Follow any special post-op instructions from your oral surgeon, like when to return for follow-up. Watch for signs of infection like severe pain, bad taste/breath, or fever and contact your surgeon immediately if these occur.

How do I reduce risks after the surgery?

It’s very important to avoid sucking actions, like using a straw or smoking, as this can dislodge the blood clot and lead to dry socket. Dry socket delays healing and causes a painful infection in the empty tooth socket. Rinsing your mouth too vigorously can also disturb the blood clot. Limit yourself to soft foods and cool liquids until comfortable chewing. Don’t play sports or do strenuous activity for at least 24-48 hours to avoid disrupting the clot. Avoid alcohol for 24 hours. Follow all directions from your oral surgeon to reduce the risk of problems after wisdom teeth removal.

If you feel like you’re in need of a tooth extraction, get in touch with 33 Dental Practice today and embark on your journey to a brighter, more confident smile.

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COVID-19 update

Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.

Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.

From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.

Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.

We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.

This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.

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