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Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is always a last resort at The Gentle Dental.

We know that no one wants to lose a tooth, and our team of dental professionals will do everything we can to save a tooth and will only recommend an extraction if it is the only remaining viable method of treatment.

How can you avoid tooth removal?

There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be removed:

  • Overcrowding in the mouth
  • Damage from decay
  • Damage from injury
  • When a tooth is impacted
  • When a tooth is dead
  • The solution to periodontal disease

Although some of these instances are of course beyond your control, the best ways to avoid an unwarranted tooth removal is to practice good hygiene and commit to regular dental check-ups so that any issue can be detected before it is beyond repair. 

What is the procedure like?

A tooth extraction takes place under local anaesthetic. The dentist will loosen the tooth from its socket until it moves away from the gum line. You should not feel any discomfort during the treatment.

You will need to properly care for the wound left behind by the extracted tooth after the procedure to avoid any complications. 

It normally takes patients a few days to recover from their tooth extraction, and we provide a list of guidance tips you must follow to ensure a healthy healing process. 

One risk that patients often fear is dry socket – which is a common complication after tooth removal but causes severe pain for those who suffer.

If left untreated, dry socket can cause additional complications such as infection. 

Moving forward…

As recommended, if you have not had a regular check-up in a few months – it is important to get this booked to allow a dentist the opportunity to evaluate any threats to the health of your teeth. 

If you have a loose tooth or you are experiencing a toothache, call us on 020 8224 7562 and book an examination with one of our dentists to discuss treatment options.

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