There are a number of reasons why teeth may require removal. This includes badly damaged or decayed teeth, periodontal (gum) disease, a cracked tooth, or to prevent complications such as infections, or to improve appearance.
We will usually take an X-ray of the tooth during the treatment planning stage to confirm the need for extraction and to determine the safest and best way to remove the tooth. Then the area will be anaesthetised, and the tooth will be extracted.
There are some possible complications associated with extractions including pain, bleeding, dry socket, infections, sinus problems, numbness/altered sensation, and damage to adjacent teeth or fillings. Your dentist will advice you further if we think you may be at risk of any of the above usual complications of extractions.
After getting a tooth extracted, rest at home and eat soft foods and drink lots of fluids. Avoid alcohol – especially if you have been prescribed antibiotics or pain killers. Use ice packs to minimise swelling and be careful not to chew your lip or tongue when it is numb. Refrain from smoking for as long as possible.
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