- Damage caused by an infection that cannot be treated.
- Impacted or infected wisdom teeth.
- Overcrowding in the mouth.
As a preventative practice, at Walmsley Dental, we’ll only ever recommend a tooth extraction when absolutely necessary.
At Walmsley Dental, our team will always do everything we can to try to save and preserve a natural tooth. In some situations, however, extraction is the only healthy route forward so that we can be sure we’re preserving and promoting the health of the surrounding natural teeth.
Why do I need a tooth extraction?
Is it painful?
We’ll always ensure your comfort throughout the treatment, and we’ll first apply a local anaesthetic so you’re pain-free throughout.
What should I expect during the treatment?
After the anaesthetic has taken effect, we’ll gently widen the tooth socket and loosen and then remove the tooth in question – this is usually done with dental forceps. We’ll then clean and disinfect the area and apply stitches to aid in healing if necessary.
How do I take care of the area afterwards?
- Avoid hot and cold food and drinks for up to 24 hours.
- Avoid rinsing the mouth for up to 24 hours.
- Avoid chewing at the area that has been treated.
- Take painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen once the anaesthetic has worn off.
- After 24 hours, rinse the mouth with a saltwater solution 2-3 times a day.
Will I need to replace my extracted tooth?
This depends on why the extraction was necessary. If we are removing an impacted wisdom tooth or because of overcrowding, then we will not provide a replacement.
However, if the tooth in question is being removed due to decay, damage or infection, then we would probably recommend replacing it.
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