At Smile Store, we do our best to avoid extractions where possible, but in some cases there is nothing that can be done for your tooth. Severe decay, advanced periodontal (gum) disease, or a bad break of the tooth that can’t be repaired would all necessitate an extraction, as would very badly impacted teeth.

We will always try to find an alternative to removing a single tooth and leaving a hole in your dentition, as this causes problems with chewing, jaw pressure, balance of the bite and so on. We’ll discuss alternatives to extractions with you, as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.

The Extraction Process

We will ensure your tooth, jawbone and gums are all thoroughly numbed with a local anaesthetic. Don’t forget, we offer sedation dentistry for nervous patients. You won’t feel pain during an extraction, but you will feel a lot of pressure, as the tooth has to be rocked fairly firmly to widen the socket for removal. Your nerves are unable to feel pain because of the anaesthesia but they will feel the pressure; an odd sensation. If at any point you need a break or are unhappy of course we’ll stop!

Sectioning a Tooth

Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. It just means that the doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.

After Care Post-Extraction

Blood clots form in the empty socket and this is actually an important part of the healing process so be careful not to dislodge the clot. Do not rinse or spit for 24 hours after the extraction and avoid use of a straw, smoking or hot liquid. Bleeding Some bleeding may occur. Place a piece of gauze (not cotton!) over the empty tooth socket and bite down firmly for 40 minutes to an hour to control the bleed.

Swelling

If swelling occurs you can reduce it by placing ice on your face for 15 minutes in repeated cycles over the first 24 hours. Pain and Medications If you experience pain you might use non-prescription pain relief medications such as Ibuprofen. Your Specialist will discuss appropriate pain relief with you.

Eating

For most extractions just make sure you do your chewing away from the extraction site. Stay away from hot liquids and alcoholic beverages for 24 hours. A liquid diet may be recommended for 24 hours. Soft foods are best initially. Brushing and Cleaning After the extraction avoid brushing the teeth near the extraction site for one day. After that you can resume gentle cleaning. Avoid commercial mouth rinses, as they tend to irritate the site.

Beginning 24 hours after the extraction you can rinse with salt water (1/2 teaspoon in a cup of water) after meals and before bed.

Dry Socket

Dry socket is when a blood clot fails to form in the socket where the tooth has been extracted or the clot has been dislodged and the healing is significantly delayed. Following the extraction, instructions will be provided to help reduce the chances of developing dry socket. Dry sockets manifest themselves as a dull throbbing pain, which doesn’t appear until three to four days after the extraction. The pain can be moderate to severe and radiate from the extraction area. Dry socket may cause a bad taste or bad breath and the extraction site appears dry. If you develop a dry socket, we can apply a medicated dressing to the dry socket to sooth the pain.

Healing

After a tooth has been extracted there will be a resulting hole in your jawbone where the tooth was. In time, this will smooth and fill in with bone. This process can take many weeks or months. However after 1- 2 weeks you should no longer notice any inconvenience.

Extracted teeth can be replaced with:

Dental implants, upon which a crown, bridge or denture can be anchored. Please see Dental Implants section for more information.

Extractions and Wisdom Teeth Removal Testimonials

Kathleen From Cork Reviews Smile Store

From the beginning the team at Smile Store were wonderful

Sep 5, 2019
Dr. David Németh, Oral Surgeon Specialist Dr. Bence Kádár, Oral Surgeon Specialist Dr. Orsolya Németh, Prosthodontist
Dental Implants Extractions and Wisdom Teeth Removal Dentures
Kathleen From Cork Reviews Smile Store

I was very very apprehensive about getting implants and was extremely nervous, but from the beginning the team at Smile Store were wonderful at putting me at ease, they understood. Emotionally getting all my teeth out was the worst. Received my new implants today and now I won’t be able to stop smiling. 🙂 Letting me talk to someone that had already gone through what I was going through was a great thing.

Niamh Reviews Smile Store

Very professional, I always knew what to expect as a detailed plan was provided for me

Oct 1, 2019
Jennifer O’Riordan, Registered Dental Hygienist Dr. Gábor Turi, Orthodontist Specialist
Orthodontics Extractions and Wisdom Teeth Removal
Niamh Reviews Smile Store

Very professional, I always knew what to expect as a detailed plan was provided for me. Everyone I met was always very friendly. I’m very pleased with my treatment, I had a lot of work done, 4 wisdom teeth extracted (painless), cleanings and 2 and a half years of orthodontic treatment. I’m delighted with my results.

Damian

I Couldn't believe when Bence had finished I even questioned "Is that it"!

Mar 2, 2016
Dr. Bence Kádár, Oral Surgeon Specialist
Extractions and Wisdom Teeth Removal

Many thanks for a painless extraction Bence…After a nightmare visit to a local Dentist where he attempted to extract a tooth but couldn’t …I was expecting the worse!! I Couldn’t believe when Bence had finished I even questioned “Is that it”!!!! Smile Store is now my regular dentist a lesson learned!!!! Thanks Guys!!!

Alan K – Carlow

His work is impeccable he done the job absolutely flawlessly

Nov 20, 2012
Dr. Bence Kádár, Oral Surgeon Specialist
Extractions and Wisdom Teeth Removal

I had an extraction today. I would like to leave a comment on my experience, the dental surgeon which carried out the work is a gentleman, his work is impeccable he done the job absolutely flawlessly, I am extremely happy with the work he carried out and I will highly recommend your practice to my family and friends. Thank you for a wonderful job done. regards Alan

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