Tooth Extraction

Unfortunately, even today we still have to extract teeth. Contrary to popular belief it is usually a quick and painless procedure.

At Princes Street Dental Practice we carry out tooth extraction under local anaesthetic.

We will first make the tooth completely numb by administering an injection.  All sides of the tooth are numbed. When the tooth has had sufficient time to go completely numb we check to make sure it is. Only when we are both agreed that the tooth is frozen will we proceed to take the tooth out.

We do not pull teeth out we actually push them out! So you will experience pushing or pressure. There should be no pain, only pressure.

Occasionally you may hear some tooth movement sounds; this is perfectly normal and it is due to the forces being applied to the tooth.

After the tooth has been delivered we will ask you to bite down on a piece of gauze. This is to form a plug or clot in the extraction site, this starts the healing process

We will then go through your post-operative instructions with you.-for mouth and home care following the extraction.

Treatment pathway

On occasions you may be informed by the Dentist that you need a Surgical Extraction
A surgical extraction is a more complex procedure and you will be given a longer treatment session.
It is used if a tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not come into the mouth yet.
A small incision is made into your gum. Sometimes it’s necessary to remove some of the supporting tissue around the tooth or to section the tooth, in order to extract it.