An extraction is the process of removing a tooth from your mouth.
Once a tooth is removed there is no going back, so it is important to consider the options provided and what you intend to do with the gap.
Why do you need an extraction?
An extraction is often the quickest route to resolve pain if a tooth is badly decayed, infected or broken.
Who will do my extraction?
Most extractions will be performed by your dentist. If the extraction is more complicated you may be referred to a specialised dentist for removing the tooth, or even an oral surgeon in some cases. The dentist will base this on their assessment of your tooth and their experience.
What is the process?
Extractions are usually performed under local anaesthetic. The dentist will firstly make sure the area is completely numb. The extraction should not be painful, but will feel like there is a lot of pressure and pushing in the area.
What should I expect afterwards?
After the tooth has been removed, the socket may bleed a little and may cause some discomfort and swelling for a few days which can be managed with painkillers. Warm salt rinses will be advised to help keep the area clean.
You will be provided with an aftercare leaflet at the end of your appointment with all the information on helping the area to heal.
What if it still hurts?
If the area is still painful, you may have developed a dry socket where the blood clot has come out of the socket. If this occurs please contact us so we can place a special dressing in the tooth.
Options to replace missing teeth
Once your tooth has been removed, there are various options to replace it. Please visit our section on missing teeth.