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Emergency Tooth Extraction London

We work with only cutting edge technology and equipment using a multidisciplinary team who have many years of experienced in dentistry. Although our aim is always to preserve teeth, there are some occasions where that is not possible and a tooth has to be extracted. We thought we would share some of the things we are asked the most about having a tooth out.

What is meant by tooth removal?

This is what we call the extraction or taking out of a tooth.

When are teeth removed?

If a tooth is damaged too badly through accident or disease then it may need to be taken out. Sometimes teeth are also extracted if they are in the wrong place or if your teeth are overcrowded. Some of the more common reason that a tooth might be taken out are:

  • Where tooth decay is extensive
  • Where the tooth is damaged
  • Where trauma has occurred
  • Where there has been a dental abscess
  • Where root-canal treatment has not been successful
  • Where there is toothache that is severe
  • As part of orthodontic treatment
  • Where teeth are overcrowded
  • Where wisdom teeth have become impacted

What treatment options are there?

Our expert dental team will do all they can to save a tooth with the use of crowns, fillings and root canal treatment and will support patients with periodontal disease with dental hygiene measures, cleaning, antibiotics and specialist mouthwashes.

A consultation for tooth extraction

At your appointment one of our dentists will see you in none of our comfortable and inviting consulting rooms. The dentist will carry out a thorough examination and take a history from you. The dentist might also order additional investigations such as:

Dental x-rays

When the investigation is over then your tooth extraction will be explained and you dentist will answer any questions or deal with any concerns that you have.

Having a tooth removed

Our expert dentists will take your tooth out under local anaesthetic and the procedure will normally take about 20-40 minutes. If you are particularly fearful or nervous let us know and we will give you extra support.

Your dentist will use a very fine needle for the local anaesthetic and inject it around your tooth, into the gum. When the area is totally numb the extraction will be done.

First the tooth will be worked loose, using instruments especially-designed for this job. You might feel a bit of pulling but you should not feel any pain. The tooth will then be removed and a dressing pack might be put into the space to control any bleeding.

Sometimes it might be necessary for an incision to be made in the gum to expose the tooth, or to have to drill into a tooth, or the tooth might need to be separated from the bone surrounding it. This might take longer but our experienced dentists are very adept at all these procedures.

Recovering from your tooth extraction

Almost always people who have teeth extracted go home that day supported by our expert team.

There are some things that you will be advised to do

  • Keep the wound clean to prevent infection.
  • Do not use rinses or mouthwashes
  • Avoid any hot foods or drinks for 24 hours,
  • Don’t prod, poke or brush near the wound for one to two days.
  • After one or two days, do gently rinse with hot, salty water four times a day.
  • Avoid lifting, alcohol, exercise and hot baths for a week. To reduce the risk of bruising and bleeding.
  • Eat only soft foods until it is possible to chew with other teeth.
  • For any pain or discomfort, use over-the-counter painkillers.
  • Use ice packs held to the jaw to reduce swelling.
  • Sleep with an extra pillow so that excess fluid can drain away.

Our dentist will guide you on when you should return to work. If you work in an office it might be possible to go back to work in one to two days but if your job is manual then you may need to take up to a week off.

FAQ’S

Are there any complication with tooth extraction?

Of course, any surgery will carry some degree of risk. Our expert dental surgeons are always determined that there will be no complications and that all will go smoothly and the patient recover well. The complications that might occur may with bleeding, pain or an infection. There are some problems that are particularly associated with tooth extraction and they are:

  • Dry socket, (the wound failing to heal well)
  • Other teeth damaged
  • Injury to the nerve
  • Injury to the jaw
  • Problems with sinuses
  • Roots that are retained

Our staff will always be ready to help if you have any concern at all.

Why you should choose our emergency dentist

All our dentists are always dedicated to providing the very best dental care to every one of our patients. We offer affordable payment plans to suite every pocket and a wealth of expertise and experience.

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