If you think you might need a tooth extraction, you’ll probably have a few questions. A tooth removal might seem like a daunting procedure, but it’s actually an extremely safe and simple process.
Do I need a tooth extraction?
Firstly, how do you know if you even need a tooth extraction? Tooth pain, crowding, gum disease, impacted wisdom teeth, irreparably broken or chipped teeth, and severe tooth decay are all signs that you might need a tooth extraction.
The removal of a tooth isn’t always needed in these instances, but these are some common reasons why your dentist might recommend an extraction. If you’ve already visited your dentist with one of these problems, they should have given you an idea about whether you might need an extraction. If you haven’t visited your dentist yet, book an appointment as soon as possible.
The tooth extraction procedure
Before removing your tooth, your dentist will give you an injection to numb the area. If necessary, they will use a strong general anaesthetic to make you sleep through the extraction. Don’t worry about this part of the procedure — your dentist will chat to you about the entire process, so let them know if you have any questions.
After your tooth has been removed, your dentist will pack a gauze pad into the socket. You will bite down on this as it helps to reduce bleeding. Sometimes a few self-dissolving stitches are added to close the gum over the extraction site.
The process is generally straightforward and only takes a few minutes. Your dentist will explain any potential complications or risks.
See the NHS guide to tooth removal.
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