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.
This is what we call the extraction or taking out of a tooth.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
Almost always people who have teeth extracted go home that day supported by our expert team.
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.
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:
Our staff will always be ready to help if you have any concern at all.
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.