About Tooth Extractions
Tooth Extractions are one of the most common Dental Procedures in UK Dentistry and most adults need a tooth or several teeth removed at least once during their lifetime.
At 53 Wimpole Street, our dedicated Dental Team will do everything we can to save your teeth, but in those cases where the damage is severe and unrestorable, an extraction will be performed.
Our Dentists at 53 Wimpole Street are well versed in extractions, with a combined 60 years of experience in Dentistry. Extraction procedures are routine and will generally be performed by our dentists under local anaesthetic. In some cases, there may be factors that complicate the procedure, such as tooth size, shape and position.
Additionally, your age and general health are taken into consideration.
When an extraction is no longer a simple procedure, you may be referred to our dentist with a special interest, Bhavin, to ensure you receive only the best possible outcome for your tooth removal.
Common reasons why you may need an extraction
1. Severe tooth decay that has been untreated for too long
2. Gum Disease (periodontal disease)
3. Broken teeth that aren’t viable for repair
4. An abscess (a collection of pus) on your gums or around your teeth
5. Crowded teeth – when your teeth have insufficient space in your jaw
6. Impacted wisdom teeth – growing wisdom teeth that aren’t able to naturally break through the surface of your gum and essentially become trapped
How are Tooth Extractions Performed?
If your Dentist recommends dental extraction, the procedure is preceded by an injection to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. If the tooth is impacted, we will have to cut away the tissue that is in the way. Then, we will gently twist and move the tooth back and forth until it is loose enough to be pulled. If the Dentist finds the tooth too difficult to remove safely, it might have to be removed piece by piece. After the tooth is removed, the site will be closed with self-dissolving stitches and be packed with gauze to control bleeding.
Will it hurt?
Most Dental Extraction Patients say that they experience only mild to moderate pain – but if you are already experience toothache, having the offending tooth removed will stop that ache for good. Your Dentist may prescribe a painkiller for you, or you can use an over-the-counter pain relief. It is important that you take most pain medication before you start to feel discomfort, and that you take it with food or shortly after eating.
What about after care?
Once you’ve had a tooth extraction, it’s best to have a relaxing day and not overexert yourself. The reason for this is that too much physical activity gets your blood pumping which could cause the area to start bleeding again. Keeping your head up will also aid in preventing bleeding.
What other precautions should I take?
You may find it difficult to eat and drink whilst your mouth is still numb, but using a straw to drink some water may help to keep you hydrated. It’s best to avoid hot food and drinks as well until the anaesthetic has worn off. It’s important to remember this because you cannot feel pain properly and may burn or scald your mouth. Another common problem we encounter is that patients chew their cheek, as they can’t feel pain, so be mindful of this.
Should I rinse my mouth out?
To allow the socket to heal properly, we do not advise rinsing out your mouth or eating on that side for the first 12 hours. Also be aware that any food that becomes stuck in the wound can cause infection, so be careful when eating.
Dr Bhavin Patel
Dr Bhavin Patel
Dentist with a Special Interest