When a tooth becomes badly damaged and in all probability cannot be repaired, or if your mouth is so overcrowded that some teeth cannot protrude the gum, it is worth considering tooth extraction. The procedure may seem daunting at surface level but it is completely safe and your dentist will be more than capable of performing the surgery to a high standard. Also, it will be the far better choice in the long run.
If you decide to avail of tooth extraction surgery, it is important to ensure that you don’t eat, drink or smoke prior to the procedure (you’re better off not smoking, full stop) and also that you arrange transportation to get you home – you will receive anaesthetic during the surgery so you won’t be able to drive afterwards. Additionally, be sure to give your mouth the aftercare it needs in the hours and days immediately after the surgery, and if the extraction site continues to bleed after 2-3 days, go back to your dentist about it.
This infographic from Dervla Leavy Dental Care outlines each step of the tooth extraction procedure while also advising on what you should do before and after the surgery.