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A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to prevent restoration. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment and teeth that have become loose because of periodontal conditions (gum problems).

Dental extractions are carried out under local anaesthetic within the practice. Dental extractions are not a painful procedure; local anaesthetic (Which is the same anaesthetic used for fillings) maybe slightly uncomfortable. Teeth are lifted with an elevator or gently rocked with a dental forceps. Patients will often say that it is not as bad as having a filling as it is normally a quite quick procedure. During the extraction you feel some pressure but nothing sharp.

After the extraction you can be uncomfortable for a day or two but nothing that regular painkillers won’t keep on top of. Also the patient will have to follow a few basic instructions for a couple of days and keep the mouth very clean to prevent infection.