Why do I need an extraction?

A tooth may need to be removed or extracted due to severe decay, infection, an abscess, or in severe fractures. Removing a tooth is necessary when damage to a tooth is so severe that no other treatment will cure the problem.

Will I feel any pain?

Before the extraction the dentist will give you a local anesthesia to numb the area where the tooth will be removed so you do not feel any pain at all. A surface anaesthetic gel will be applied so that the patient does not even feel the prick of the needle.

Will I be prescribed medicines?

Yes, prescribing antibiotics and pain killers is fairly routine to prevent any infection from the surgery.

Will I need stitches?

Usually no. However, some cases may require stitches. If so, your dentist will tell you if/when you need to stitches and when to remove them after complete healing.

Healing after the extraction:

The healing process should only last a few days. To ensure a quick and easy recovery be sure to take any medications as prescribed and follow the directions on the post-surgical sheet provided.

Can I replace the extracted tooth?

Yes. You have a few options if you would like to replace the missing tooth. Your dentist will tell you the best option available as the replacement of teeth is case dependent.