A tooth which is very decayed or damaged or loose because of gum disease may have to be ‘extracted’ – taken out of your mouth.
Sometimes children’s teeth are extracted for ‘orthodontic’ reasons to help the new or remaining teeth grow regularly or without being crowded.
What does the dentist do?
Some teeth are simpler to extract than others because of the size, shape, position in the mouth or the shape of their roots. After working out how best to carry out the extraction, the dentist will discuss with you:
- The type of anaesthetic to use.
- How long it will probably take.
- For certain types of pain control, whether you should bring someone with you.
- When it would be convenient for you to have the extraction done, if not immediately.
- How your mouth should recover afterwards.
You might also discuss other treatment needs – whether an immediate denture could be needed, for example. If you wear a denture this can be made ready with a new tooth at the same visit. Or you may have to have a gap for a while and come back to have the denture changed or have a new denture.
While the tooth is being extracted under local anaesthetic:
- You will be able to move your jaw as normal.
- You may feel some pressure as the tooth is eased out, but not any pain.
- The dentist will give you a pad to bite on, to stop any bleeding.
- Sometimes stitches are used to help the mouth heal.
- You will be given advice on how to look after the hole where the tooth sat, while it is healing, how to control any pain when the anaesthetic wears off, and how to contact the practice if there are problems.
The benefits of extraction:
An extraction can end pain and infection and can sometimes be the only way to keep your mouth healthy.