Unfortunately there may be times when the damage or decay of a tooth is too great and it cannot be saved. In this case the best option is removal. Removing the tooth prevents the decayed tooth causing any further damage to the gums or surrounding teeth. We will only use tooth extraction as a last resort.
Your dentist will always discuss your options with you before getting your consent to remove your tooth. During the procedure we will keep you informed of progress if you wish. We aim to make you as comfortable as possible throughout.
We use local anaesthetic to numb the area as gently as we can before we remove the tooth. Sometimes they come out in one, sometimes in sections. Whichever will be the least traumatic for you and your mouth.
Afterwards we will talk you through the use of painkillers and what to do for the next few days.
If you find the thought of tooth extraction too upsetting we can prescribe sedatives to help you feel more comfortable. In the future, we hope to offer formal in-surgery sedation.