Tooth Extractions

What are Tooth Extractions

A tooth extraction is removing a damaged tooth from the jawbone in the mouth, along with the structure visible above the gum line and the root structure hidden below it.

Depending on the degree of decay of your tooth, it will be necessary to remove it whole or only the root remaining in the socket. It’s a permanent dental procedure where you will be given local anaesthetic to feel no pain.

Tooth Extractions

Do I need a tooth extraction?

If you notice any of the following symptoms, that may be a sign that you suffer from any of the issues named below.

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Alternative treatments to extraction

Tooth extractions are always our last option in order to preserve your oral health. We will assess you and give you options depending on your problems, which we are to examine thoroughly. 

If your tooth is not too damaged or decay hasn’t yet reached the pulp of your tooth, you may be suitable to restore it with a filling, a crown or even a root canal treatment, which is the most popular alternative to tooth extraction. We might offer you an endodontic surgery or an early periodontal disease treatment.

Ask us at College Gate Dental College, and we will offer a personalized treatment based on your individual case.

Why Tooth Extractions?

When and why would a Tooth Extraction be necessary?

Besides a certain degree of damage, decay or trauma, a tooth extraction would be necessary in the following cases:

(Risk of) infection

Maybe your immune system is compromised to get an infection easily, or it already took control of your mouth since tooth decay extended to the pulp and bacteria came in. Likewise, you may need a tooth extraction to prevent the infection from spreading.

A crowded mouth

In case you need orthodontics, and your teeth are too big, or if a new tooth is trying to break through the gum, in crowded mouths your mouth might be too small to fit all of your teeth so the Orthodontist might recommend extractions before starting your brace treatment.

Periodontal gum disease

This is an infection of the tissues that support the teeth, and if it causes you loose teeth, it might be necessary that you get a tooth extraction.

Extra teeth block other teeth from coming in

If new teeth are trying to erupt and there is no room for them, you might be advised an extraction.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about Tooth Extractions?

You will be advised by your dentist to eat soft foods and not to eat hard foods for at least 24 hours after an extraction. A soft diet includes mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, yoghurt, and fruit and vegetable smoothies. Avoid hot meals for 4-5 days after the procedure.

There will be no pain felt during the procedure, as you will be under local anaesthetic to numb the area where the tooth is to be removed. There is an option for difficult cases or, if you are nervous, where we offer sedative pills. Consult us about that option. 

However, pressure is applied, and you will be aware of the procedure, but it’s not unpleasant.

You will need to chew it properly, and it’s not exactly soft, so bread is not included in the list of recommended foods.

Avoid smoking for 12 hours before the surgery and ask how many hours you need to fast before the procedure because it depends on many factors.

Wait for 48-72 hours at least before smoking, otherwise, it can lead to a dry socket and slow down the healing process.

In order for your mouth to heal right, hot drinks such as soup, tea or coffee could be harmful, so you should wait for 4-5 days to carefully sip them and 2 weeks to drink them without worrying.

The gums covering your socket begins to heal within 7-10 days and in a month, the process will be very advanced. In 2-4 months, it will be completely healed.

Bite down on the gauze piece your surgeon or dentist gave to you for 45-60 minutes, but if it doesn’t stop bleeding, replace the damp gauze with a new one every 30 until it stops. Avoid spitting, stay away from hot liquids and don’t use straws to avoid further bleeding.

You should avoid alcohol and drink water instead for at least 72 hours. It takes about 10 days for the blood clot to form and the extraction site to heal, so if you want to be sure, follow the advice provided by your dentist.

A dental abscess is pus that can form inside the teeth, gums or bone, and it holds the teeth in place when there is an infection. It will go away after tooth extraction and a drainage process in 1-2 weeks.

Simple tooth extractions take about 20-40 minutes, but surgical extractions could take 30-60 minutes.

– the first 2-3 nights you should sleep elevated so that your body drains fluid easily.

– avoid sleeping on the extraction side.

– take out the gauze piece or you can choke on it.

It’s important that you avoid straws for 3 days at least, because the negative pressure can break the blood clot, delaying the healing process. 

Yes, they are very safe, you don’t need to worry! We are in control of the full process!

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Tooth Extraction Treatment Process

What is the process in extracting your tooth?

A tooth extraction is performed by a dentist or an oral surgeon. We will give you local anaesthetic to numb the affected area, which is to prevent pain. You will be aware of the procedure and able to respond to the instructions given. You will only feel pressure.

In case it’s a simple extraction where your tooth is visible, we will cut away gum and bone tissue covering the tooth, grasp the tooth and rock it back and forth with an elevator to loosen it from the jaw and ligaments, then it’s removed with dental forceps. Sometimes it must be removed in pieces.

If your tooth didn’t break off at the gum line or didn’t come into the mouth yet, you will need a surgical extraction where an oral surgeon is to make a small incision into your gum and remove the underlying tooth.

Once it was removed, any remaining pieces of the tooth will be removed from the socket, and we will place a piece of gauze over it for you to bite down on. If it was a simple extraction, there would be no need for stitches. Aftercare instruction will be provided to help you through the recovery process.

Cost of Tooth Extraction

Tooth Extraction Cost

Treatment Price
White filling (composite) €100 – €150
Silver filling
Aesthetic restoration/inlay/onlay
Root Canal Treatment
Endo access (Stage 1) €150
Front teeth/ Incisor
Tooth Extraction
Routine extraction €100 – €120
Surgical extraction** €150 – €200

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A tooth extraction is a procedure where the damaged teeth are removed from your mouth, either whole or only its roots still in place. You will be given anesthetic to numb any pain you feel during the process so it’s not too difficult for you! Make sure to schedule an appointment with us today so we can help fix that problem! We want all our patients’ smiles to look their best at all times. If you need more information, please contact us at College Gate Dental Clinic. We would love to help!

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