A more complex procedure, which is used if a tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not erupted in the mouth properly.
The oral surgeon makes a small incision into your gum and then surgically removes the broken tooth or impacted wisdom tooth.
Tooth extraction is usually relatively straight forward, the vast majority are normally performed quickly while you are awake by using local anaesthetic injections to eliminate any pain. Local anaesthetic blocks pain, but mechanical forces are sometimes vaguely felt.
After the tooth is removed, a pack is used to apply pressure to the tooth socket to stop any bleeding. After extraction, we advise you not to rinse your mouth and avoid strenuous activity. Smoking is to also to be avoided for at least 24 hours as it impairs wound healing. We advise you to use hot-water mouth baths which normally start 24 hours after the extraction.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I brush my teeth after an extraction?
Don't brush your teeth on the day of surgery. The day after you've had your surgery, you can brush your teeth, but avoid brushing near the surgical site for up to 3 days. Rinse with half a cup of warm water and a pinch of salt beginning 3 days after surgery.
How long will my mouth be sore after extraction?
The following will help speed recovery:
- Take the painkillers which your dentist prescribes for you.
- After 24 hours rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day. This reduces swelling and relieves pain.
- Make sure you change your gauze pads before they become soaked with blood.
- Relax after surgery. ...
- Avoid smoking.