General Dentistry » Extractions / Oral Surgery
Nobody likes the thought of having a tooth removed. However, in some cases it is necessary, particularly with wisdom teeth or teeth that have been badly damaged by decay. At Castle Lane Dental Care we perform extractions only when strictly clinically necessary. We will perform the procedure under local anaesthetic, so you won't feel any pain, and we will work gently at your own pace.
Principal dentist Shiraz Teja is experienced in performing general tooth extractions. If you are in need of more complex treatment, you will be referred to a specialist oral surgeon, whether you are an NHS or private patient.
Wisdom tooth extraction is a common procedure. The wisdom teeth or third molars are located at the back of the mouth and usually appear in your late teens or early twenties. Because the rest of your adult teeth are usually in place by then, there sometimes isn't enough space for wisdom teeth to grow correctly. Sometimes they develop at an angle or only partially erupt, becoming impacted.
Wisdom teeth don't always need to be removed if they are impacted – if they aren't causing you problems, it's often better to leave them alone. However, if they are causing pain or discomfort, you should come and see us as soon as possible, even if it's between regular dental check-ups. Impacted wisdom teeth can also be difficult to clean, leading to a build-up of plaque that can cause a range of problems including tooth decay, gum disease and dental abscesses. These conditions may be treatable without the need for tooth extraction, using prudent dental hygiene and antibiotics if necessary, but if the problems recur then extraction may be recommended.
If you need a tooth extracted, we will first x-ray your jaw to confirm extraction is necessary. We will talk you through the procedure and will carry it out under local anaesthetic, making sure you are fully numb before we begin. You may feel some pressure but should not experience any pain during the procedure, and you can raise your hand for us to stop at any time should anything feel uncomfortable.
You may experience some swelling and discomfort for a few days after extraction. This can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relief and proper aftercare – we will provide you with detailed advice on how to look after your mouth after a tooth has been removed. Should you experience anything unusual in the days following an extraction, please come back to see us and we will ensure that you are healing properly.