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Pain-free removal of broken or damaged teeth
Most adult permanent teeth, if cared for properly, can last a lifetime. However, if a tooth has been accidentally broken or damaged through decay or gum disease and the damage is too extensive to be repaired, the tooth may need to be extracted. Extraction is also sometimes used to make room before orthodontic treatment or to remove teeth that have become infected or impacted.
Tooth extraction may seem daunting but by using local anaesthetic to numb your gums we will do everything to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Before extraction the socket is widened using a special instrument known as an elevator, after which the tooth is gently loosened before pliers are used to extract the tooth. You may feel mild discomfort during the procedure, but the anaesthetic is designed to prevent any pain. After extraction the wound may feel a little sore for a few days, but this can be overcome with normal over-the-counter pain killers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
What to do after having your tooth extracted
Following the procedure your dentist will apply pressure to the wound to stem bleeding and the wound may need to be stitched. It is important to keep the wound clean to prevent infection. Avoid brushing the wound and use warm saltwater to gently rinse the area. For a few days afterwards it is advisable to avoid hot and cold food and drinks and stick to a soft diet. It may also be more comfortable to use a softer toothbrush for the first few days before returning to your normal oral hygiene routine.
For more complex extractions refer to our specialist Oral Surgeon at the DRC.
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