Sometimes tooth decay, infection, or trauma damages a tooth beyond repair and despite our best efforts to save it, extraction is the best option. The majority of extraction procedures are carried out under a local anaesthetic.
A simple extraction can take place when the affected tooth is fully visible above the gum line, and your dentist can easily remove it using forceps.
If a tooth is fully or partially impacted, or an accidental injury has caused it to break off below the gum surface, a dentist or oral surgeon may need to surgically remove gum or bone tissue to facilitate the extraction of the tooth.
After tooth extraction, your dentist or oral surgeon will suture the area and will have you bite down gently on gauze to stop the bleeding and encourage a clot to form in the socket.
Avoid hot foods and beverages, drinking through a straw, and spitting for a few days, as you could dislodge the blood clot, causing a condition called “dry socket.”
Take over-the-counter painkillers as needed to manage any discomfort you feel following the procedure. Downtime after extraction is usually minimal, and you should feel well enough to return to your normal activities very quickly.
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