Usually tooth removal is straightforward and takes a few minutes. You should not feel pain during the procedure but you will feel pressure and hear noises. If any stitches are needed these will dissolve in about 2-4 weeks.
What should I expect?
Some slight bleeding is normal for a day or so – this can be controlled with pressure over the area.
Your dentist will advise you about using painkillers to help ease any pain.
Some swelling and bruising is normal and usually at its worst on the second day, but should disappear within a week or two.
You might also have difficulty opening your mouth wide; again this generally returns to normal within a week or two.
Any stitches you have will fall out by themselves in about 2-4 weeks.
You may need to take time off work or school – your dentist will advise you about this.
To reduce pain and aid your recovery, it can be helpful to:
Use painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen
Avoid strenuous activity and exercise for a few days
Use an extra pillow to support your head at night
For 24 hours, avoid rinsing, spitting, hot drinks or anything else that may dislodge the blood clots that form in the empty tooth socket (they help the healing process)
Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for 24 hours
Eat soft or liquid food for a few days and chew with your other teeth
Gently rinse the extraction site with an antiseptic mouthwash after 24 hours, and repeat this regularly over the next few days, particularly after eating
You can drive immediately after the procedure if local anaesthetic was used, but you should avoid driving for at least 24 hours if a sedative was used, or 48 hours if the procedure was carried out under general anaesthetic.