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tooth extraction

There may come a point where it is not possible to save a tooth either because it has become too heavily decayed or has broken beyond repair, in which case it may become necessary for the tooth to be extracted.

In most cases it is possible to extract teeth in practice under a local anaesthetic. However if you are very nervous or have a complex medical history it may be necessary to refer you to either a practice which is able to offer treatment under sedation or else to the hospital, where they have the expertise to deal with any complications that may arise.

This is why it is very important that your medical history is always kept up to date especially if you are taking warfarin and bisphosphates which can thin the blood and therefore affect clotting following dental treatment.

Following an extraction it is advisable that you take it easy for the rest of the day. It will take some time for the anaesthetic to wear off and you should avoid all hot drinks and food until it has. Whilst your mouth is numb you will be unable to feel pain and therefore may burn or scald yourself. Once the anaesthetic has worn off you will be able to eat normally however it is advisable that you avoid chewing on extraction site for a day or two.

Do not be tempted to rinse the area for 24 hours as you do not want to damage the clot that will have formed over the extraction site. However it is very important that you still brush your teeth, just be very careful around the extraction site.

If you experience continuing bleeding or pain following the extraction you should call the surgery and arrange to see the dentist again. It may be that the site has become infected and the dentist will need to dress the socket and prescribe antibiotics.

If you have any concerns following the extraction do not hesitate to contact the surgery and we will be happy to advise you.