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Tooth Extraction

We always aim to save the tooth and prevent it from future infection. However in certain cases where a tooth may be too damaged or too loose to be saved, extraction may be required.

Reasons for a tooth extraction

  • Decay has reached deep into the tooth
  • Infection has destroyed a large portion of the tooth or surrounding bone
  • There is not enough room for all the teeth in your mouth
  • To make room for teeth moved with orthodontic treatment


Your dentist will take an X-ray of the area to determine the best way to extract the tooth and the appropriate anesthetic technique required to ensure your comfort and care. When your extraction is complete, your dentist will give you guidance on what to do at home. It is important that you closely follow the post-extraction aftercare instructions to promote a healthy recovery.

Post-Extraction – what do I do?

Rest:
Rest for a few hours following treatment and avoid strenuous excercise. Do not rinse for at least 24 hours.

Rinse:
For several days following treatment, rinse your mouth gently after meals and before bed using a mouthwash made by dissolving half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Hold the solution in your mouth for several minutes, discard and repeat two to three times.

Food:
Avoid hot drinks, alcohol and hard or chewy foods. Choose cool drinks and soft or minced foods. Avoid direct contact with the open wound.

Bleeding:
Should slight bleeding occur, sit upright with head and shoulders raised. Apply pressure using a small pad of gauze or clean linen clamped firmly between the jaws for 15 minutes and repeat if necessary. If bleeding persists contact your clinic.

Pain:
Please take whatever pain relief you would usually take for a headache – except aspirin.

It is advisable to avoid smoking for 24 to 48 hours post treatment. To book an appointment, contact your local Smiles Dental clinic. To find out more about treatments available and price lists please click here.

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