What are the after-effects of having a tooth out?

October 9, 2019

After a dental extraction, patients will normally get some pain and discomfort, so you will be advised of appropriate painkillers.

Some swelling and bruising may occur which is usually worse 48 hours after the procedure.

Infection can occur after any extraction, and if this occurs you may need some simple treatment with a dentist to relieve this.

Please note that smoking can affect the healing after an extraction and we would advise you that stopping smoking before and after an extraction can reduce the chances of infection.

If you require more information about stopping smoking please ask a member of staff before your procedure. Or help in giving up, call the NHS Stop Smoking Helpline on 0800 022 4332 or go on their website: www.nhs.uk/smokefree

Some teeth are more complicated than others and your dentist will advise you if you have any concerns about your extraction. This may be due to the unusual shape of the roots or the position in your mouth.

In most cases the procedure is completely successful, but on some occasions the process may be more complicated because the tooth breaks.

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Nicholas Lee: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Sheffield UK