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Side effects of a tooth extraction are usually temporary but can last from a week to ten days. Immediately after the surgery, it may take a couple of hours for feeling to return to the mouth after a local anaesthetic and care should be taken not to bite the tongue or cheek, and to avoid hot food and drinks.
Minor bleeding is normal for a day or two afterwards, and patients may experience some swelling and bruising, and some stiffness or discomfort in opening the mouth; this usually disappears within a week. The surrounding teeth may be sensitive, and patients may find pain symptoms heighten three days after the extraction. Swelling and pain can be treated with over-the-counter painkillers and warm compresses.
Some of the teeth in the lower jaw are very close to the nerves, and a removal from here can occasionally cause temporary numbness or tingling in the tongue, lip or chin.
Local anaesthetic is used throughout the procedure to completely block the pain from the gums, so you should not experience any pain as the tooth is being removed. However you will feel pressure as the tooth is loosened.
There is likely to be some discomfort and pain up to ten days after the removal which is normal and can be treated with ibuprofen or paracetamol
Yew Tree Dental Care are based in Slough and have extensive experience in both simple and surgical extractions. Wherever possible, we’ll look to avoid extracting a tooth and will explore all other options. However, if an extraction is unavoidable, we’ll talk through our recommendation thoroughly with you and where appropriate, design an onward treatment plan to restore your smile.