Sometimes it will be necessary for your dentist to remove a tooth – and at our Colindale dental practice our highly qualified oral surgeons carry out extractions with precision, confidence and minimal impact on surrounding teeth and gums.
Extractions fall under two categories: simple extractions, involving a straightforward removal with forceps; and complex extractions, where the position of the tooth – often under the gum line – necessitates surgical removal. Whichever dental treatment you require, you will be in experienced hands at Beaufort Dental Clinic.
Wisdom teeth are one of the most common problems requiring complex tooth extraction. They don’t usually make an appearance until we are in our teens or twenties, and when they do, they often get stuck in the jaw, or come in sideways, pressing against existing molars. This is known as impaction. At Beaufort Dental Clinic our experienced team will talk you through the oral surgery procedure so that, if you do require wisdom teeth removal, you’ll know exactly what to expect.
• Damage, decay or infection – sometimes extraction is the only option when decay, infection or an injury has affected the tooth irreparably and all other options have been exhausted
• A crowded mouth – some patients have extra teeth, which prevent other teeth from developing correctly
• Braces – your dentist may recommend making room for teeth that are being moved into place
Will I need to take time off work?
If a sedative is used, you will need someone to drive you home after the procedure. After a complex dental extraction, it is advisable to take a day or two off work while you recover and get used to your aftercare plan.
What are the risks following tooth extraction?
There is a small risk of infection caused by food, of damage to surrounding teeth, or of problems occurring if the blood clot becomes dislodged. These experiences are rare and usually preventable if you follow your aftercare plan correctly. Your dentist will also monitor your recovery with follow-up appointments.
BEFORE: a dental extraction will always be carried out using a local, intravenous or general anaesthetic, depending on the complexity of the surgery.
DURING: if you are awake during a tooth extraction, you can expect to feel pressure, but no pain.
AFTER: as with any surgery, you can expect a short-term level of discomfort – typically, swelling, bruising, stiffness and pain at the site of extraction. This can last for up to two weeks. Your dentist will provide you with an aftercare plan that covers pain relief, cleaning and eating, all of which can be managed at home. Follow-up appointments will also be advised.