At Cosmetic Smile & Implant Centre we extract a tooth as a last resort.  If it is possible to save your tooth we will.

When would I have to have a tooth removed?

How do you extract a tooth?

The majority of extractions are carried out in the dental surgery under local anaesthetic.  In particularly difficult cases, we may need to refer you to an oral surgeon who will extract the teeth, however, this will be discussed with you prior to your appointment.

If you are very nervous or anxious about the treatment, we can arrange for you to have sedation.

Once you are profoundly numb, and we will check to make sure that you are numb, we apply gentle and continuous pressure onto the tooth, gently wobbling it until it starts to move.  This movement widens the socket and loosens the tooth.  Once the tooth is loose we then take it out.

Sometimes, the extraction may be difficult.  In these instances we may have to drill the tooth into sections and loosen them individually.  We may have to remove a little gum and bone in order to get the tooth out, or, in exceptional cases, we may need to refer you to the oral surgeon.

What will I feel when you take the tooth out?

You should never experience pain during the procedure, if you do, tell us immediately and we will provide you with further anaesthetic.

Although a tooth extraction is relatively painless, you will feel pressure during the procedure.  

What happens after the tooth extraction?

Once the tooth is removed there will be some bleeding.  Sometime, we may have to place a stitch.  We will apply pressure to the area with gauze and once you have stopped bleeding, this usually take a few minutes, you are free to go.

Can I go back to work/school after an extraction?

This completely depends on you as a person.  However, you will be numb for a few hours so it is important not to bite or chew your lip as when the feeling returns this can be uncomfortable.  It is also perfectly normal for the socket to bleed, we will provide you with extra gauze to combat this, but we do advice that you take it easy and not do any exercise or anything too exercise that may promote bleeding.  We also advise you to avoid spitting or rinsing your mouth out immediately after the extraction and for the rest of the day.

How long will it take me to heal after an extraction?

People heal at different rates, however, in general it may take between 5 – 10 days for the area to heal.  It is normal for the area to be painful for a few days after the extraction.  We recommend over the counter medication such as paracetamol for pain relief.  If the pain continues or is severe then do ring us immediately.