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Providing necessary relief from a painful tooth

At Stourbridge Dental & Implant Clinic, we are dedicated to doing all we can to keep your natural teeth healthy and intact. However, in some cases, removing a tooth is necessary to relieve pain or make way for further treatment.

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What are the reasons for extraction?

The main reasons for extraction include:

  • Severe tooth infection, decay or trauma where the tooth is past the point of being able to be saved
  • As preparation for orthodontic treatment, to avoid overcrowding issues with your new straight teeth
  • To remove fractured teeth
  • To remove teeth that cannot be saved through root canal treatment
  • Advanced gum disease
  • To remove supernumerary teeth – additional teeth which grow in the wrong place and block others from developing
  • To remove impacted wisdom teeth
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What is involved with a tooth extraction?

We understand that extractions can be concerning, so we take time to ensure you are as relaxed as possible before the procedure and give you the opportunity to ask any questions. We also offer IV sedation for very nervous patients, leaving you in a calm state and not likely to remember the treatment.

All extractions are carried out under local anaesthetic to eliminate any pain. We ensure you are completely numb in the affected area before beginning to remove your tooth.

We gently loosen your tooth until it is able to be removed easily, without affecting your surrounding teeth or gums. You may feel movement and pressure around the tooth, but this is short lived.

We ensure your tooth socket is clean and you are completely happy before leaving the surgery. We give you some advice to help you care for your mouth at home and call you the next day to make sure you’re comfortable.

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All extractions are carried out under local anaesthetic to eliminate any pain.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I know if I need an extraction?

    In some cases, particularly in a dental emergency, you will be aware of a tooth that is causing you pain and will feel real relief once it has been removed. Your dentist carefully monitors your teeth at your check up appointments, and will discuss your options with you in detail if they feel extraction is necessary.

  • How do I look after my mouth after an extraction?

    It is important to try and keep the extraction site clean by rinsing with warm salty water as well as gently brushing regularly. You can encourage healing by choosing to eat softer foods and chewing on the opposite side of your mouth. Avoiding smoking for as long as possible will also help the healing process. Your dentist will give you some advice to follow, and we are happy to help if you have any questions.

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