Tooth extraction/removal of a tooth occurs if a tooth cannot be saved, for example, if too much of a tooth is broken. During a tooth extraction, local anesthesia is administered, ensuring that the treatment is painless. Before the treatment begins, the anesthesia is checked, and in some cases, it may be necessary to supplement with more anesthesia to achieve the optimal effect. Once the anesthesia works, the tooth is removed. First, it must be loosened and then pulled out with forceps.


When the anesthesia is gone, it will be tender and slightly painful in the area where the tooth was removed. This is completely normal in connection with the treatment. To prevent pain, you can take a couple of painkillers before the anesthesia completely disappears.


It is quite normal for the cheek and gum to swell when a tooth has been extracted. Cold compresses can be applied directly to the swelling to reduce it. This can be done for a quarter of an hour every hour for the first few hours. Some will also experience the cheek turning blue-yellow. This is completely normal and will disappear within a few days. If the swelling grows, contact us.

After a tooth extraction, physical activity should be avoided as it increases blood pressure and bleeding may continue. Food intake should preferably be cold and liquid. Good oral hygiene is important to prevent infection in the wound, but avoid brushing directly on the wound for the first few days. The wound should be left alone on the first day, therefore do not rinse the mouth on the first day. In the following days, the mouth can be rinsed with chlorhexidine 0.1%, as this reduces the risk of infection, but it should not be done in connection with tooth brushing. Either one hour before or after brushing teeth, as they counteract each other. Avoid smoking, as this reduces wound healing.

Feel free to contact us with any questions about tooth extraction or anything else. If we are closed, contact the emergency dentist in case of acute issues.

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