What is the procedure for a tooth extraction?
Our tooth extraction process is simple and efficient. We will usually give you a local anaesthetic to numb your mouth, so you don’t feel pain and then use a tool to loosen the tooth that’s lodged in the gum. Once the tooth is loose, we will remove it with forceps.
However, we understand that not all tooth removal cases are the same and that some may be more complex than others. Therefore, we also offer surgical extraction treatments. This is a more complex procedure for when the tooth may have broken off into the gum or the tooth has not protruded from the gum just yet. Our dentists will make a small incision into your gum so that we can carefully and effectively get rid of the underlying tooth.
The aftermath of the tooth extraction process is dependent on your case. After the tooth is removed, our dentists will ensure your gum socket is clean to prevent any infections from occurring. If for any reason your extraction was a little more complicated and we had to cut the gum for the removal process, we will stitch close the cut. Usually, you will be bleeding after the extraction which is why we will give you a piece of gauze to chew down on until the bleeding has stopped.
Similarly, as the anaesthetic wears off over time, you will start to feel some pain which you subdue with the help of over-the-counter painkillers or medicine. It’s best to only eat soft foods and use the unaffected side of your mouth to chew while the wound is still fresh. The recovery process for a tooth extraction usually lasts 1-2 weeks until it is healed.