We undertake a wide range of surgical extractions. Your tooth or teeth may need to be removed for several reasons. The most common reasons include:
- Severe tooth decay
- Gum disease
- A broken tooth that can’t be repaired
- An abscess (a collection of pus) on your gums or around your teeth
- Crowded teeth – when your teeth don’t have enough space in your jaw
- Impacted wisdom teeth – your growing wisdom teeth can’t break through the surface of your gum and get stuck
When an Extraction is Likely
If you have a broken or decayed tooth that can’t be repaired with a filling or crown, having it removed may be the best option. We will explain all of the treatment options available to you and if you decide to have your tooth removed, the procedure can easily be carried out.
What to expect
Dental extraction under local anaesthesia is a routine procedure and complications are very rare. Local anaesthesia may take several hours to wear off. As with any surgery, there can be some discomfort following dental extractions.
It is normal to have some bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissues but any discomfort can be treated with an ordinary painkiller.
We advise that for the next day or two, you plan to take life easy. You may be given medications and mouth washes to help minimise the swelling and discomfort. They will also help with the healing of the tissues.