You may be confronted with your dentist deciding that you’ll need to have teeth extracted, it is a relatively quick procedure performed by either your dentist or oral surgeon.
There are many reasons why you may need a tooth extracted, some common reasons include tooth decay, infection or pain, compromised or broken teeth, and removal to provide other teeth to grow for those who decide to get braces.
Depending on whether your tooth is visible or impacted, you will undergo simple or surgical extraction. The procedure involves complete removal of a tooth from your mouth.
A simple extraction would be under local anaesthesia, numbing the area around your tooth so you’ll only feel pressure during the procedure. Your dentist uses an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth and forceps to remove it. Surgical extraction is performed under both local and intravenous
anaesthesia, your dentist or oral surgeon will make a small incision into your gum and may need to remove bone around or cut your tooth before extraction.
You may be given prescribed antibiotics and it usually takes a few days to recover, but here are a few tips for the first 2 days of aftercare to avoid an infection.
Get plenty of rest.
Avoid rinsing your mouth.
Do not use straws.
Do not smoke.
Do not have any hot food or drinks.
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