Sometimes if a tooth or teeth cannot be saved then removal is required. This is known as dental extraction.
Teeth can be removed for a number of reasons. These include:
- A tooth that is decayed beyond restoration.
- A tooth that has fractured or broken perhaps as a result of trauma.
- Sometimes sound teeth need to be removed as part of orthodontic treatment which may involve braces.
- Periodontal disease may cause teeth to become loose and therefore require removal.
- Wisdom teeth are removed if they get infected repeatedly.
- A tooth where conventional restorations by means of fillings or root canal treatment have failed may require extraction.
- Patients may present with extra supplemental or supernumerary teeth that require removal.
Dental extractions are carried out with instruments known as forceps and are usually done under local anaesthetic with or without intravenous sedation. For more complex extractions please visit our page dedicated to minor oral surgery.
After a dental extraction is undertaken it is likely to be sore in that area for a few days with a degree of associated swelling. Pain and swelling and discomfort can be controlled by normal over-the-counter painkillers. After a dental extraction it is advisable to rest for the first 24 hours. It is also recommended not to undertake mouth rinsing since this will destabilise any blood clot in the socket. Smoking for a minimum of 24 hours is not permitted as this may cause severe infection in the socket afterwards known as a "dry socket." There may be a small amount of bleeding from the socket for the first 24 hours.
Our team Langley Dental Practice will do everything that we can to make dental extractions as stress free an experience as possible. For more information please contact the practice on 0161 643 2428.