Teeth are taken out for many reasons; these may include decay, gum disease or damage. Many extractions are done for orthodontic reasons. This is because space is needed to alleviate overcrowding.
What will my dentist do?
Your dentist will discuss with you the process of extraction and tell you exactly what will happen. A local anaesthetic will be given to numb the area and the tooth will be removed. You may feel slight pressure but no pain.
The Benefits of extractions
An extraction can ease pain and infection almost immediately.
It can also help keep your mouth healthy.
We are aware of those fearful of dental treatment and always provide sympathetic care. Please see page on anaesthesia and sedation.
Your dentist will advise you on how to avoid problems following extractions. For example avoiding heavy lifting or exercise and mouth rinsing with hot salty water to keep the area healthy.
Your local anaesthetic will wear off after about three hours. You may like to take some simple pain killers in advance of this such as Paracetamol.