Tooth Removal Birmingham

Tooth extraction is a dental procedure to completely remove an infected, damaged or problematic tooth.

A complete removal of the tooth (tooth extraction) may be required if a tooth has become so damaged that a filling, cap or crown will not work.
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When do you need a tooth extraction?

A complete removal of the tooth (tooth extraction) may be required if a tooth has become so damaged that a filling, cap or crown will not work. Common reasons for extraction include:

  • Infection or tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Damaged teeth after trauma

Other reasons you may need extraction include:

  • Extraction to allow for the placement of braces.
  • Extra teeth which are causing issues with overcrowding, resulting in sore gums and/or difficulty eating.
  • Wisdom teeth that cause pain, become infected or make eating difficult
  • Certain medications may result in infected teeth or increased risk of teeth infection.

How does Tooth Extraction work?

Tooth extraction can usually be performed under local anaesthetic. However, we also offer twilight sedation for nervous patients or more complex cases. Simple extraction (where the tooth is visible in the mouth) is a very minor procedure and can be completed quickly under local anaesthetic. Once the anaesthetic has taken effect, your dentist will widen your tooth socket gently to loosen your tooth before it is removed. You might feel a pulling sensation as your tooth is removed, but the anaesthetic should reduce any pain.

Typically, a small blood clot will form once the tooth is removed. Your dentist will use a gauze pad or stitch to help the area to heal.

Surgical Tooth Extraction

Surgical extraction may be required if the tooth cannot be seen, has broken off from the gum, or is impacted in any way. Our dentists are experts in minor oral surgery and can perform this procedure safely and effectively.

Your dentist will make a small incision in your gum to gently remove the tooth. The tooth may need to be split into multiple parts to be removed safely.

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Everything you need to know about Tooth Extraction
How long will it take to recover from tooth extraction?
Most people can go back to their normal routine on the same day as the procedure. However, if you have had a more complex surgical extraction, it may take a few days to recover. Healing will take place over two weeks. During this time, it is important to ensure the blood clot is kept in place in the tooth socket to avoid a dry socket, which can be very painful.
How painful is a tooth extraction?
Tooth extraction will be performed under local anaesthetic or twilight sedation, meaning that many patients find it completely painless. However, you may feel a slight "pinch" from the needle used to give anaesthetic, and a slight pulling feeling when the tooth is removed.

You may experience pain after tooth extraction if you have a dry socket. A dry socket sometimes occurs after the tooth has been removed if the blood clot becomes dislodged, fails to develop, or dissolved before the socket has fully healed. This can cause pain and sensitivity because the nerves and bones have no protection. This is why it is important to ensure the gauze is kept in place until the socket has completely healed.
What can you not do after a tooth extraction?
It is recommended to avoid brushing your teeth near the extraction. You should avoid using toothpaste for at least 24 hours after tooth removal. This could disturb any blood clot that has formed, leading to a dry socket or bleeding to start again.

It is also important to avoid all hard foods after your procedure. Any pressure to the site of the extraction can slow down the healing process. Foods to avoid include: hot spicy foods, crunchy foods such as nuts or crisps. It is also advisable to stop using straws to drink.
How much does a tooth extraction cost?
Tooth extraction costs from £150 for a standard extraction. However, prices can increase depending on the complexity of the extraction. Typically a more complex extraction, such as a wisdom tooth extraction, will cost around £250, but it is important to have a consultation with one of our dentists to confirm your fee.
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