Dentists in Derby, Derbyshire Etwall Dental Practice, 44 Main Street, Etwall, Derby, Derbyshire DE65 6LP
If your tooth becomes decayed or damaged beyond repair, your dentist likely will recommend a tooth extraction.
Simple extraction procedures require a local anaesthetic and are considered routine.
For a simple extraction, once your dentist has administered a local anaesthetic, they will grasp the visible part of your tooth with forceps and remove the tooth.
If the tooth is impacted or has broken off your dentist may need to surgically remove gum or bone to extract the tooth.
Once your dentist has removed the tooth, they stitch the gap closed. You will be asked to bite down on a piece of gauze until a blood clot forms.
You need to avoid dislodging the blood clot, so for the first few days try not to eat or drink anything hot, drinking through a straw or spitting. If the clot does dislodge, you may experience a condition called dry socket. Without the clot, the gum and nerve tissues are exposed, which can cause discomfort before the area fully heals.