What is a tooth extraction?
A tooth extraction may be required for a number of reasons, most commonly because a tooth is too damaged or decayed to be repaired. At Blackheath Dental practice our professional dental team are well-equipped to perform tooth extractions for children and adults.
There are two types of tooth extraction available on the NHS or through private dental care; the simple extraction of a tooth visible above the gum line that can be loosened and pulled out; or a surgical extraction, which is a complex technique used to remove a tooth which is below the gum or has broken away at the gum line.
Why would you need a tooth extraction?
An impaired tooth can sometimes be fixed with a crown or filling but if the damage is too severe then the tooth will need to be removed from its socket. This is to prevent unnecessary pain and to avoid subsequent problems caused by untreated teeth.
A child or younger adult may need a tooth extraction if milk teeth are contaminated, if a tooth has suffered trauma or due to the overcrowding of permanent teeth.
An adult may require a tooth extraction if an abscessed tooth doesn’t respond to root canal treatment or if periodontal disease has caused the bone to deteriorate and therefore unable to support the teeth effectively.
Wisdom teeth are often extracted due to the potential pain they cause and because of their difficult impacted position behind molar teeth.
NHS Dental Costs
Band 2 treatment - £65.20
Additional NHS dental treatment including root canal surgery, fillings or tooth extractions are covered in Band 2 as well as any treatment that falls within Band 1.
What is involved in a tooth extraction?
An X-ray will be taken of your teeth and examined in order to advise the best course of treatment – simple or surgical extraction. Before any treatment it will be recommended that you avoid eating and drinking for a period of time prior to the extraction.
With a simple extraction a mild anesthetic will be given and the extraction procedure will be quick using dental forceps.
A surgical extraction will often require a greater level of anesthesia and as the treatment may include the removal of some gum tissue or bone to be successful, stitches will be required as part of the healing process.
There may be some swelling after a tooth extraction and patients will be advised not to brush for several hours and to avoid unnecessary eating, drinking and talking for the first couple of hours.
At Blackheath Dental practice you can be assured of the very best treatment provided by expert dentists at an affordable price point.