An extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Most extractions do not cause much discomfort as the tooth is numbed with a topical/and or injectable anaesthetic. It’s our hope you’ll have your natural teeth for as long as you live. But if you must have one removed, you can rest assured it’s a common and uneventful experience.
Indications for removal are:
- Gum disease involved, loose tooth
- Non restorable tooth that have nerve involvement
- There is not enough room for all the teeth in your mouth
- For braces, when having orthodontic treatment carried out
- Trauma to the tooth
- Infected wisdom teeth, wisdom teeth are third molars and often start erupting around 18 years of age or later. These teeth are often difficult to clean and easily decay or become infected.
- Rest. Refrain from strenuous physical activities.
- Put ice packs on your face to reduce swelling.
- Eat soft and cool foods for a few days.
- Take the painkiller before the anaesthetics wears off then every 6 hours after in the first 24 hours after the extraction if necessary.
- Do not rinse or gargle vigorously as this may dislodge the blood clot in the socket where the tooth has been removed and might lead to continued bleeding as well as delayed healing.
- Do warm salt water rinses several times daily,starting a day after your extraction (and for a few days after), especially after This will help flush out any food debris caught in the extraction site and promote healing.
- Do not smoke for at least 24 -36 hours.
- Do not aggravate the area buy putting your finger, tongue or other foreign body in the area where the tooth has been removed
- If bleeding does not stop, bite firmly on gauze for 15-20 minutes
- If you have any complications, continued bleeding or feel any pain or discomfort, contact our dentist as soon as possible.