If your tooth cannot be saved, tooth extractionmay be the only option. At Goodall Dental Practice weguarantee your tooth extraction appointment will be as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
When do you need a tooth extraction?
A tooth extraction simply refers to the process of having a tooth completely removed. At Goodall Dental Practice we normally only recommend this treatment as a last resort, it is likely that you’ll have one of the following problems:
- A decaying or infected tooth, or a tooth that can’t be saved,
- Dental trauma/broken tooth, or one that’s irreparable,
- Crowded, impacted or misaligned teeth(for example before braces),
- A tooth that negatively impacts your wisdom teeth.
What happens at the tooth extraction appointment?
During your tooth extraction appointment the team at Goodall Dental Practice will put you at ease and keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. It is important to remember that you are in control and can stop at any time for a break or if things get a bit uncomfortable. We use a local anaesthetic to make sure the area being treated is fully numb, so you won’t feel any discomfort. If you’re nervous about the anaesthetic, speak to us about the other options available, like sedation, and we will be able to recommend the most suitable.
Your dentist will check that the tooth is fully numb before the procedure is started. Once the anaesthetic has taken effect, your dentist will use dental forceps to remove your tooth. This is done by moving the tooth back and forth to detach it. During this time you may feel pressure on the tooth, remember you can stop the dentist at any time.
Once the tooth has been fully removed, your dentist will use gauze to stop any bleeding, and rarely may use stitches to repair the gap should this be necessary. The whole treatment shouldn’t take longer than 15 minutes.
What happens after the tooth extraction?
After the tooth has been removed, we will make sure that the bleeding is stopping normally. We will also discuss some Do’s and Don’ts for you to follow over the next few days to ensure a speedy and comfortable recovery. In summary this involves;
- Keep the area clean, brushing and flossing as normal, and avoid touching it with your tongue.
- If you experience discomfort, your dentist will have recommended painkillers to take as prescribed.
- Avoid smoking at least for the rest of the day.
- Avoid any strenuous activities for the next 24 hours or so.
- Try not to eat hard foods while the area is healing.
- A blood clot will eventually form over the extraction site, so avoid rinsing your mouth or spitting so you don’t dislodge it.
- Once 24 hours have passed, gently rinse your mouth with a salt water solution. About half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of lukewarm water should suffice.
- If you notice your extraction area bleeding persistently after 24 hours, get in touch with your dentist for advice.