Many people feel uncomfortable or straight up scared about going to the dentist. The prospect of having someone put their hands in your mouth isn’t for everyone, however necessary it is. In particular, the idea of having a tooth extracted can be a daunting prospect.

But there’s no need to worry. While in the early days of dentistry, removal used to be a major and certainly painful operation, it’s no longer the case. In fact, tooth extraction is one of the easiest and quickest dental treatments out there. Thanks to advanced aesthesia techniques, it’s completely painless.

In addition, your dentist will give you careful advice on what to avoid after your procedure. For instance, it is recommended not to eat for at least 24 hours after your operation. As it encourages bleeding and will delay the healing process, it’s also recommended you avoid drinking alcohol for a day. You should however ensure you continue to clean your mouth properly after extraction. Don’t stop brushing your teeth, but be extra gentle around the sensitive area.

At Sensu, we specialise in nervous patient care and will provide a tailor-made programme for our most anxious patients. That’s why before your procedure, we will take you through a step-by-step explanation of how the treatment will be carried out, how you’re likely to feel and how long it will take. We also offer conscious IV sedation to help you relax.

Finally and most importantly, there is definitely a good reason why your tooth is being removed. Patients often need a tooth extracted because they’re suffering from an infection, such as tooth decay, or they’ve injured a tooth and it’s beyond repair. In some cases, you may need a tooth removed to make space for other teeth, or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

In any case, you can be sure that removing your tooth will prevent further complications or serious pain later on.