It is not always possible to save a tooth and sometimes a tooth extraction will be necessary.
It is usually because of extensive decay or when the structure of the tooth has been damaged beyond repair. Sometimes teeth are removed because of overcrowding and before certain types of orthodontic treatment.
What can I expect if I have a tooth removed?
The area around the tooth will be numbed with a local anaesthetic. Once the anaesthetic has taken effect the tooth is removed. The entire procedure should not take more than a few minutes.
What do I need to do after the extraction?
- Avoid hot drinks for 24 hours
- After 24 hours use a warm saltwater rinse
- Repeat after each meal taking care not to dislodge the blood clot
- If there is any bleeding bite down on sterile cotton wool or tissue
- Take painkillers if needed
- Brush teeth gently while healing
- Contact reception if there is excess bleeding or pain