What to do after a tooth extraction

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A little guide to tooth extraction

The one thing you shouldn’t do is panic or be upset about having this your tooth extracted. 

You need to remember that tooth extraction is a very common for both adults and kids. Of course we only recommend removing teeth if it is absolutely needed. We do it everyday in our clinics, with absolute success every time. 

 

Your teeth may need to be removed sometimes because:

  • Teeth that are unhealthy for you to hang onto them.
  • Because wisdom teeth have popped up and are causing you pain and / or moving your other teeth.
  • Teeth may need to be replaced for cosmetic reasons, and first up we need to get rid of the old teeth.
  • You may have weak gums that can no longer support the teeth on top.

 

Removing a tooth can have very positive benefits

Removing teeth can be in the best interest: 

  • It can be a more cost-effective option over other treatments to save the tooth.
  • It can prevent severe toothache or infection, which will reduce problems down the road.
  • It can improve your appearance if this is something you are worried about. 

 

How we limit tooth extraction pain

A medical evaluation is always carried out before the tooth extraction is performed. We take your health and your wellbeing very seriously. We will only take out the tooth if we believe it is the best option for you personally. 

Tooth extractions begin with an assessment followed administering a local anaesthetic to numb the affected gum area. This means that during the tooth extraction itself you will not feel any pain. For surgical extractions like wisdom tooth removal, the procedure is commonly carried out under sedation, this means that not only will you not feel anything during the procedure but you will also be asleep.

 

Tooth extraction aftercare

The recovery time for a tooth extraction is usually only a few days. The stitches we put in are dissolvable, so all you have to do is look after any mild pain you feel.

Because our experienced team have been performing teeth extractions for many years, we know how to remove teeth in a way that is likely to cause you as little pain as possible. After we are here to literally to improve your smile.

 

Here is a guide on how you can help your own recovery

  • Avoid exercise and keep your head up to avoid any bleeding – your mouth has had a little operation after all.
  • Avoid hot food and drink until after the anesthetic wears off, as you won’t be able to tell if you are burning yourself.
  • Don’t rinse your mouth out in the first 24 hours, even if you want to – this will allow your mouth to heal.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol as recommended by your dentist

 

Pain relief for tooth extraction

The best way to reduce any pain you may have is to take Ibuprofen, as instructed on the packet. It works well, and it is a very cost effective solution that can be bought at the supermarket or chemist. It should have you feeling better in no time. And remember any pain will only last a couple of days. 

If you have any concerns after a tooth extraction please call us, we are here to help. We strongly recommend that you come in after the extraction for a post care check up. This is just so we can confirm everything is OK.

Feel like talking?

We are always here to answer any questions you have about any of our treatments. As you can imagine we get lots of questions about tooth extraction pain. Get in touch today.