Massetts Road Dental

57 Massetts Road, Horley, Surrey, RH6 7DT

Tooth Extractions

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We provide safe and professional tooth extraction services. Our experienced team ensures that each extraction is performed with the utmost care and precision, minimising discomfort and promoting a smooth recovery.

What are tooth extractions?

Tooth extractions involve the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. This procedure is performed for various reasons, including severe decay, infection, crowding, or trauma. While preserving natural teeth is always our priority, sometimes extraction is necessary to maintain overall oral health.

Reasons for tooth extractions

  • Severe decay: When tooth decay is too extensive to be treated with a filling, crown, or root canal.
  • Infection: To prevent the spread of infection from an abscessed tooth to surrounding tissues and teeth.
  • Crowding: To make space for proper alignment during orthodontic treatments.
  • Trauma: When a tooth is severely damaged due to injury and cannot be repaired.
  • Impacted teeth: Often necessary for wisdom teeth that are impacted and causing pain or potential problems.

Our extraction process

  1. Consultation and examination: We begin with a thorough examination, including X-rays, to assess the condition of the tooth and surrounding bone.
  2. Discussion and planning: We discuss the procedure, aftercare, and any sedation options to ensure you are comfortable and informed.
  3. Local anaesthesia: Local anaesthesia is administered to numb the area around the tooth, ensuring a pain-free experience.
  4. Extraction procedure: Using specialised instruments, the dentist carefully loosens and removes the tooth. For complex extractions, minor oral surgery may be required.
  5. Post-extraction care: After the extraction, we provide detailed aftercare instructions to promote healing and prevent complications.

Aftercare after an extraction

  • Manage pain and swelling: Use prescribed painkillers and apply ice packs to reduce swelling.
  • Rest and recovery: Rest for at least 24 hours after the extraction and avoid strenuous activities.
  • Soft diet: Eat soft foods and avoid chewing on the extraction site. Gradually reintroduce solid foods as you heal.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol: Both can interfere with the healing process and should be avoided for at least 48 hours.
  • Maintain oral hygiene: Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water starting 24 hours after the extraction. Continue brushing and flossing but avoid the extraction site.
  • Follow-up visit: Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing and address any concerns.

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