Tooth Extraction

A dental extraction (also referred to as tooth extraction or informally, tooth pulling) is the removal of teeth from the dental alveolus (socket) in the alveolar bone in situations where a tooth is beyond saving. Dental extraction is one of the most common reasons why people see an Emergency Dentist.

Tooth Extraction FAQ’s

What are the reasons of Tooth Extraction?

The most common reason for extraction is tooth damage due to breakage or decay. There are additional reasons for tooth extraction, if your dentist recommends this treatment, it is likely that you’ll have one of the following problems:

Can you get emergency tooth removal?

If there is an emergency or infection related to a tooth, the sooner it is treated the better. If you believe your tooth is infected, you are in pain or having a swelling, call our Clinic on  0131 6291158  to schedule an appointment or Book Online.

What does the Tooth Extraction procedure entail at Emergency Dentist Edinburgh?

How to deal with bleeding after a tooth extraction?

This is a serious dental emergency, especially if it is uncontrollable and after a dental extraction. Call immediately to your dentist to arrange an appointment. You may require suture or special gauze placement to help control the bleeding. If your dentist is closed, follow theirs out of hours dental emergency advice. You may also find alternative Emergency Dental Care service by searching on the internet and checking other directories for Emergency Dentist near me.

Can I smoke after a tooth extraction?

Blood clots are extremely important for recovery, smoking can expel the blood clots that are forming and delay the healing process. It normally takes longer for smokers to heal after any oral surgery. This is because there is less oxygen in the smoker’s bloodstream. This can also lead to a dry socket.

What is a Dry Socket?

A dry socket is a condition that occurs when there has been abnormal healing or disruption of the  clot that naturally forms following dental extraction. It is characterized as a deep-seated pain that starts normally a few days after the dental extraction. It may be accompanied by a bad taste or smell from the wound. It is quite simply an infection of the bone socket. Patients often comment on how this is more painful than the situation prior to the dental extraction.

What Painkiller do I need to use for Toothache?

Toothache is one of the most common reasons to see an emergency dentist. It can occur due to multitude of reasons, vary in intensity and duration. Everyone reacts differently to painkillers for dental pain. There are a few over the counter painkillers which are readily available.

Ibuprofen- this can really help with toothache as it is an anti-inflammatory as well as an analgesic. It  is not advised for asthmatics or people with certain stomach problems.

Paracetamol- This is readily available over the counter and comes in tablet and soluble. Many
patients find this effective for dental pain.

Paracetamol and Codeine or Paramol is combination tablet. The codeine component is an opioid and can cause drowsiness which may impair normal function. It is advised to seek an urgent dental care if you have toothache.

What are the instructions after tooth extraction?

After your tooth has been removed, you may have swelling and discomfort, both inside and outside your mouth. Occasionally, some mild bruising is also visible. In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed if you have an ongoing infection. For the 24 hours after removing your tooth, you should avoid: