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Tooth extraction involves having one or more teeth completely removed from your mouth by your dentist. This can be done at one appointment or over a few sessions (if more than one tooth needs to be taken out). You may or may not want, or need to have the teeth replaced. Your dentist will explain all the options available to you. There are a number of reasons why your teeth may need to be extracted. Some of the most common reasons include:
You may have some discomfort and swelling for a few days afterwards, and your jaw may feel a little stiff. If you need pain relief, you can take over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. It is normal to notice slight bleeding for the first couple of days after a tooth is removed. Rinse the excess out of your mouth and then bite down on a clean pad of material such as a handkerchief. If the bleeding doesn't stop within 15 to 30 minutes, contact your dentist for advice. If you're particularly anxious about having treatment, your dentist may offer you Sedation - this relieves anxiety and causes temporary relaxation without putting you to sleep.
If you have any query about the above procedure please contact us at the Bishop Street Dental Clinic, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.
This is when problems occur during or after the procedure. Most people aren't affected.
Contact your dentist immediately if you experience:
These may be the sign of an infection or other complications.
One of the most common problems that can occur after tooth extraction is called a dry socket. This is when there is no blood clot so the tooth socket doesn't heal as quickly as expected. This usually happens within two to four days after the extraction and is extremely painful. Go back to your dentist who will rinse the area, put a dressing on it and may give you antibiotics if necessary. Dry socket is more common after extraction of lower molars, if you smoke or are taking the contraceptive pill.
If you have any queries please contact us at the Bishop Street Dental Clinic, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. Alternatively, if you would like to book an appointment/consultation with one of our dentists, please use our booking form below.