Tooth extraction is a dental procedure in which your tooth is completely removed from its socket after first loosening the tissues attached to your tooth. Extraction may be indicated in conjunction with other dental treatment like braces, if your tooth is extensively decayed, fractured beyond repair, or impacted. There are 2 methods of tooth extraction, namely, simple tooth extraction and surgical tooth extraction.
Simple tooth extraction is performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth. Topical and/or local anaesthetic applied via a small injection will numb the gums prior to the procedure. The dentist will then loosen the tooth from its surrounding tissues and remove the tooth from its socket with extraction forceps.
Surgical tooth extraction is a slightly more complex procedure that involves placing an incision in the soft tissue surrounding the tooth. This procedure is usually done if your tooth is not visible in the mouth, situated deep within the gums or if your tooth is impacted and buried beneath the gums.
For a simple tooth extraction, primary wound healing would be observed within 2 to 3 days. For a surgical tooth extraction, primary wound healing will take place within 7 to 10 days. Any stitches placed would be removed after this time and thereafter, it would take around 8-10 weeks for the socket to fully recover.
Here are some post-operative instructions that you may be advised to follow