Removing (or ‘extracting’) a tooth is a significant decision and not something that we advise on lightly. It may be the best possible option when for example, there is a broken tooth that can’t be repaired or if the patient has irregular teeth that need correcting. Other common reasons for extracting a tooth include when the patient has severe tooth decay, gum disease or an abscess.
Having a tooth removed
We’ll only remove your tooth after a careful investigation of your mouth and as part of the dental plan agreed between you and your dentist. Removing a tooth can be a daunting procedure. Even though we are very experienced at removing teeth, we treat each patients extraction with the individual care that it deserves.
We are often asked if patients should book time off from work or school after they have had a tooth removed. Our advice will vary depending on the patient’s personal circumstances. We will discuss this with you if we feel that tooth extraction is the best course of treatment for you.
If you do have a tooth removed, then you might experience some slight bleeding, swelling or bruising for a day or two. Some people have difficulty opening their mouth wide for the first week or so. If you have had stitches, then they will be removed in the brief follow up after care follow appointment, providing that they have healed as expected.
No. We will make sure that having a tooth removed is not a painful experience for you.
Tooth removal is a common procedure during which you are unlikely to feel any pain. If having a tooth removed does make you feel anxious, then please discuss this with your dentist.
If stitches are applied, then they will dissolve in about 2-4 weeks meaning that you won’t need to come back to have them removed.
It is important to keep the area very clean while it heals. Your dentist will advise you on this.
Wisdom teeth are usually the last teeth to surface, often doing so between the ages of 15 – 25. Because the wisdom teeth are late to enter your mouth, there may be insufficient room for them and this can cause complications such as tooth decay, gum disease, pericoronitis, cellulitis, an abscess or cysts.
Contact us if your wisdom teeth are causing pain.
Removing wisdom teeth is normally only done once other treatments have failed, so if there is a problem, don’t assume that the only solution is to have your wisdom teeth extracted.
We’ll use an oral inspection and X-rays to assess the situation and advise you of the best course of action.
Dental extraction prices
From £120 - Dental Extraction