Sometimes teeth need to be removed for a variety of reasons, the most common of which include overcrowding, orthodontic treatment, severe decay or damage caused by gum disease. The majority of extractions can be carried out under a local anaesthetic, during which you may feel a little pressure and movement, but should not feel any pain.

What to expect:

You may hear some noise and feel some pressure as the tooth is being eased out – but you should not feel pain. In most cases, you will leave the surgery biting down on a cotton swab to minimise any post extraction bleeding. Sometimes however, stitches are put into the gum to make the area more comfortable and help it heal quickly.
Most people experience very little post-operation discomfort. The dentist will ensure that bleeding has stopped before you leave the practice. You should not smoke or drink for at least 24 hours after an extraction.

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