Dental ExtractionsExtraction leaflet

If you have a broken or decayed tooth that can't be repaired with a filling or crown, having it removed may be the best option.  We will explain all of the treatment options available to you and if you decide to have your tooth removed, the procedure can easily be carried out at a Devonshire House appointment.

Your tooth or teeth may need to be removed for several reasons. The most common reasons include:

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Gum disease (periodontal disease)
  • A broken tooth that can’t be repaired
  • An abscess (a collection of pus) on your gums or around your teeth
  • Crowded teeth – when your teeth don’t have enough space in your jaw
  • Impacted wisdom teeth – your growing wisdom teeth can’t break through the surface of your gum and get stuck

 This was the most trouble free extraction I have ever had - extremely swift following the most pain free series of injections. I was deeply impressed with Mr Williams skills and the pleasant atmosphere created by Nick and Rachel, made the appointment completely stress free. Wonderful!

 Just wanted to thank Dr Nikkhah and his nurse for their kind, gentle and skilful tooth extraction work.

Surgery And The Healing Period

Dental extraction under local anaesthesia is a routine procedure and complications are very rare. Local anaesthesia may take several hours to wear off. As with any surgery, there can be some discomfort following dental extractions.

It is normal to have some bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissues but any discomfort can be treated with an ordinary painkiller.

We advise that for the next day or two, you plan to take life easy. This is particularly relevant if you have had sedation for your treatment. You may be given medications and mouth washes to help minimise the swelling and discomfort. They will also help with the healing of the tissues.

Any incision made in the gums will be closed together with very fine sutures. Depending on the type of suture used, these may need removing after 7-10 days.

Aftercare

Local anaesthesia may take several hours to wear off. It is important to avoid eating or drinking any hot foodstuffs whilst you are numb. Rinse with the mouthwash provided as directed by your Devonshire House Dentist, or use half a teaspoon of salt dissolved in a cup of warm water 5-6 times per day, for 5 days. Rinse very gently to avoid disturbing the site and help keep it clean. Please read our leaflet in full for full aftercare information.

Dental extraction aftercare leaflet