Tooth Extraction



If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, we will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other dental treatment. But when there’s too much damage for the tooth to be repaired, the tooth may need to be extracted — or removed — from its socket in the bone.



There are two types of extractions:

  • A simple extraction – this procedure is on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. For a simple extraction, the dentist loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then the dentist uses forceps to remove the tooth.
  • A surgical extraction – this is a more complex procedure, which is used if a tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not erupted in the mouth. The oral surgeon will make a small incision into your gum to surgically remove the broken tooth or impacted wisdom tooth.

Care After Tooth Extraction

What happens After extraction:

  1. You may experience some discomfort once the anaesthetic wears off.
  2. Due to some bleeding in your mouth, you might have pink saliva for the next day or two.
  3. Do not spit it out as this can cause more bleeding.
  4. Anaesthetic can make you feel tired.
  5. Make sure you get plenty of rest after your treatment.
  6. Your gums and cheek will feel swollen as your body starts to heal and you may experience some pain. This should begin to improve after about four days.

What should I do if my mouth starts to bleed:

  1.  A gauze pad will have been placed in your mouth during your treatment. Bite down into the gauze for as long as your dental professional has advised.
  2. If the socket begins to bleed after you have left the hospital, roll some gauze into a ball and place it in the gap where the tooth was.
  3. Bite down on it for around 30 minutes. Remember: Do not suck, spit, rinse your mouth or put your fingers in your mouth for at least 12 hours Avoid hot drinks and hard foods for 24 hours Avoid alcohol and smoking Avoid vigorous activity for at least 24 hours Avoid taking aspirin unless normally prescribed by your doctor. I’m in a lot of pain. What should I do? If you are in a lot of pain, take some non-asprin based pain medication. Cold foods like yoghurt and ice cream may provide some relief too. How can I look after my mouth after my treatment? For the first few days after your extraction, try to eat foods that are easy to chew like pasta, mashed potato, custard or soup. Eat on the other side of your mouth to avoid the sore part of your mouth. Gently rinse your mouth with salty water about 24 hours after your treatment and after your meals for around a week.


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