Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction involves removing a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. Before your dentist considers extraction, every effort will be made to try to repair your tooth.

The Two Types of Extractions

  • Simple Extractions: Performed when teeth are visible in the mouth, easy to access and usually done under local anesthetic with/without antianxiety medication or sedation.
  • Surgical Extractions : Performed when teeth are not easily visible, accessible , broken off at the gumline or partially erupted. Involves lifting and folding back gum tissue to expose tooth ,bone removal and breaking the tooth into pieces ( tooth sectioning) . Procedure may be done under local anaesthetic , general anaesthetic or via conscious sedation.


  • Dentist will give you a piece of gauze to bite on for 45 mins to put pressure on area and allows blood to clot.
  • Cold Compresses or ice packs to help reduce swelling
  • Sleeping with head elevated with extra pillows to relieve pressure on the jaw.
  • OTC pain reliever (eg. Ibuprofen )
  • Do NOT rinse mouth for the first 24 hours immediately following treatment .
  • Stick to soft or liquid diet for 48 hours after extraction and chew using teeth far from the extraction site.
  • Brush and floss other teeth as usual, but avoid teeth and gums next to extraction socket.
  • After the first 24 hours, for at least five days, gently rinse the socket with warm salt water ( 1/2 teaspoon in 1 cup)  after meals and before bed.

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