Here at Bassett Dental Practice, we do everything we can to treat and restore your existing teeth before turning to an extraction. But when damage, decay or infection is too far advanced tooth extractions are relatively routine procedures.
Your dentist will normally begin by taking an X-ray of your teeth. They will explain the tooth extraction procedure and subsequent treatment options to restore normal eating function and a confident smile.
Sedation may be prescribed in the case of complex extractions or dental anxiety. A local anaesthetic will be first used to numb the area around the extraction.
When the tooth to be extracted is visible, your dentist will loosen the tooth then pull it out. In the case of wisdom teeth or teeth below the gum line, a surgical extraction will be required. This involves a small cut in the gum to expose the root of the tooth. The area will then be sutured to help healing.
Your dentist will use an anaesthetic to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure. You will normally feel pressure and pushing, but no sharp pain. You may experience some soreness for a day or two once the effects of the anaesthetic wear off due to bruising and inflammation
Your dentist will advise you on how to take care of your teeth and gums following the extraction to ensure the area heals well.