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What is an extraction?

A dental extraction is the removal of one or more teeth from the jaw. There are two types of dental extraction:
Simple extraction
• Done when the tooth is visible and not obscured by the gums and is relatively loose
• Local anaesthesia may be used to numb the area to prepare for tooth extraction

Surgical extraction
• Done when the tooth is impacted or if it’s badly broken down
• Gum tissue and bone may need to be removed to extract the tooth
• Local anaesthesia will also be used to numb the area prior to the surgery
• Requires stitches to allow the wound to heal properly

Will it hurt?

You may still experience some numbness from the local anaesthesia 2-4 hours after the surgery. The swelling and pain will usually subside after 3-5 days. During then, remember to change your gauze every 30 minutes and try not to spit or rinse 2 hours after the surgery.

Can I eat or drink after an extraction?

You are advised to avoid any hot food/drinks after the surgery, and take soft foods if possible.

Will I need to take medication after an extraction?

You may be prescribed antibiotics to be taken after your meal. During which, you are advised to finish the entire course. You will also be given painkillers and they should only be taken when necessary.

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