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WHAT IS A TOOTH EXTRACTION
A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to render the tooth non-restorable, infection (acute or chronic abscess) and severe gum disease. Extractions of problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment. The extraction procedure is usually performed under local anaesthetic but if you go to a hospital, the procedure may be done under general anaesthesia, your dentist or surgeon will discuss with you what will happen before, during and after your procedure.
Reasons for extractions:
If you expect to have treatment with intravenous drugs called bisphosphonates for a medical condition, be sure to see your dentist first. If any teeth need to be extracted, this should be done before your drug treatment begins. Having a tooth extraction after bisphosphonate treatment increases the risk of osteonecrosis (death of bone) in the jaw.
If you need an extraction under local anaesthetic, your dentist will first numb the area to lessen any discomfort. After the extraction, your dentist will advise you of what post extraction regimen to follow. In most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal. Your mouth will slowly fill in the bone where the tooth root was through the formation of a blood clot.
There are two types of extractions:
Here are some tips to follow to make recovery easier:
For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently. If you experience swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag and call your dentist right away. Ask your dentist about pain medication. You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual. But don’t clean the teeth next to where the tooth was removed.
To learn more about our extraction procedures give us a call on 020 7241 4161 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a consultation