Tooth Extraction

A dental extraction is a removal of tooth/teeth from the jaws. An extraction can be considered simple when the tooth/ teeth are visible and relatively loose. Local Anesthetic will often be used to numb the area around the affected tooth before the dentist uses an instrument to loosen the tooth before removing it.

When a tooth is damaged, your dentist will aim to treat and save it by using treatment options such as root canal treatment, crowns, or fillings. In some situations, your tooth may be badly damaged or decayed to a point where extraction is needed to maintain your oral health.

After The Extraction,

  • It is normal for pain, bleeding and swelling to occur after an extraction is done.
  • Numbness will still be felt around the affected area for about 2 to 4 hours or more.
  • The swelling and pain usually ease off after 3 to 5 days.
  • Gauze will be issued for the extracted area. Bite hard on the gauze and change it every 30 minutes.


Do’s And Don’t,

  • Using ice packs as much as possible to reduce swelling during the first 48 hours and do not spit or rinse for 2 hours after the extraction.
  • Being careful with hot food and drinks and having a soft food diet.
  • Do not smoke for as long as possible after the procedure (ideally 3 days).
  • Warm saltwater mouthwashes starting the day after extraction .

FAQs

How long does it take?

Usually, the appointment will take around 30 to 60 minutes. This depends on the number of teeth that need to put a full stop after removed.

How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?

It will take roughly 1-2 weeks for your tooth extraction site to completely heal.