You may have some anxiety about your extraction but rest assured that we always strive to provide gentle and comfortable treatment.
A simple extraction is performed when the tooth’s crown is visible above the gum line, and your dentist can easily remove the tooth using local anaesthesia and routine extraction instruments.
A surgical extraction is performed when a tooth is broken or impacted. Your dentist will make a small incision in your gum to remove the tooth before stitching the site closed.
Your healing time depends on how complicated your extraction was and how closely you follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions.
Spitting or drinking with a straw can displace the clot, so they should be avoided until the area is fully healed. Over-the-counter or prescription painkillers can help manage discomfort until the swelling and tenderness subsides, and the tissue where your tooth used to be begins to shrink and heal.
Dental extractions are sometimes avoidable with preventative and restorative dentistry. If you notice something is wrong, including swelling and discomfort, call on us on 020 8441 4213. Your quick action gives us the opportunity to save your tooth.Back to treatments
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