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DENTAL EXTRACTIONS

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What is a dental extraction?

A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. This could be due to multiple reasons such as infection, gum disease or unrestorable tooth decay.

What do you experience when having a dental extraction?

Local anaesthetic is used to numb the tooth. Then you experience pushing, pressure and sometimes buzzing from the drill. There is absolutely no pain. The procedure can be performed under intravenous sedation if you are nervous about having it done. 

How are wisdom teeth removed?

The procedure involves injecting local anaesthetic into the gum, lifting the gum back and dividing the tooth into pieces to remove it. Stitches are placed in the gum to help the wound heal quickly. The procedure can be performed under intravenous sedation if you are nervous about having it done. 

 

How long is the recovery following a dental extraction?

Pain and swelling usually lasts between 3-7 days after tooth removal. Most patients can return to work 24-48 hours after the procedure. Routine Paracetamol and Ibuprofen is usually enough to control any discomfort.

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