Tooth Removal or Extraction
A decaying, damaged or infected tooth may need to be removed.
What will happen?
Most teeth can be removed under local anaesthetic although some lower teeth can be slightly more difficult and your Baddow Hospital Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon may recommend general anaesthesia – this will be discussed at your initial appointment. Most tooth removal procedures are straightforward and, at Baddow Hospital, are usually completed within an hour.
Following tooth extraction
Tooth removal tends to be a day case procedure and you should be able to go home afterwards, although it may depend on the difficulty of the operation and whether infection is a possibility. You may be prescribed antibiotics.
You should avoid strenuous activities for the first 48 hours to reduce the risk of bleeding, swelling and bruising and you may need to take some time off work.
Most people recover very rapidly and return to normal activities very soon after having teeth removed although, as with any surgery there can be complications such as:
- Damage to nearby teeth
- Damage to nerves
- Sinus problems
- Broken jaw
- Inability to fully open the mouth and stiffness in the jaw
- Dry socket
- Retained roots.