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WHAT IS A TOOTH EXTRACTION?
If a tooth is suffering with dental decay, severe gum disease or has sustained a traumatic injury rendering it beyond repair, the tooth may need to be extracted.
Nothing can replace natural teeth. That is why we will always strive to maintain and save teeth if possible and their removal will only ever be on the basis of the tooth being non-repairable. We base this decision on whether there is enough tooth structure to support a filling or crown where there is decay, and if there is enough bone and gum support to maintain the tooth if there is any infection present.
We will always discuss the options to replace missing teeth before the teeth are removed, so that you are fully informed about the whole process and your options. These include the following:
We are also able to pre-fabricate a temporary denture or bridge before the extraction to place straight away after the extraction so that you will not have a gap present at all.
Dental extractions need not be painful as once the local anaesthetic has been given, the area will become numb. We will not proceed if you are in pain and will always provide you with enough anaesthetic to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.
On occasion, the teeth can be impacted or stuck behind other teeth, this is quite often the case with wisdom teeth. Whilst this complicates matters, you should rest assured that we have the latest diagnostic tools and technology, surgical equipment and expertise to ensure that your experience is a good one.
Tooth extraction can be quite a difficult experience if a patient is already anxious and nervous. For patients who fall into this category, we do provide a sedation service which involves placing a small drip in your hand or arm and provide you with a sedative medication to make you feel calm, relaxed and anxiety free.
Frequently asked questions
How long does tooth extraction take?
Your dentist will guide you as to how long your tooth is likely to take. A longer appointment is usually booked to ensure you have plenty of time to ask any questions you might have and are as comfortable as possible.
How long does it take to recover following tooth extraction?
Teeth are usually extracted with local anaesthetic and you will be guided by your dentist with a full explanation of your post operative instructions. Some patients will go back to work the same day and others may arrange a lighter schedule for a day or two to help their recovery.
How long does tooth extraction take to heal?
The area begins to heal immediately and you should notice that the gum has healed over after about three weeks. The bone underneath the gum is healing for approximately three months. If you are considering replacing the tooth with an implant or a bridge, it is best to discuss this with your dentist.
Aftercare instructions will be provided by your dentist, for similar information your can follow the Oral Health Foundation aftercare protocol.