When periodontal & restorative procedures are not enough to save a tooth, it may need to be removed. We generally only carry out extractions as a last resort.
Before a tooth is extracted, the area surrounding the tooth is numbed with a topical cream and then the area is anaesthetized using a local anesthetic such as Lignocaine.
Patients with extracted teeth sometimes need to take an antibiotic, following the procedure to ensure that infection doesn’t set in. Smoking, vigorous brushing and rinsing, and hard or hot foods/liquids are discouraged during the post-operative period.