Extractions in Hampstead, London

At Heath Street Dental, we aim to preserve your teeth wherever possible and we focus on conservative treatment. We only ever carry out a tooth extraction as a last resort. For example, if your tooth has suffered significant damage, conservative procedures such as a filling, root canal treatment or crown may not be successful.

Orthodontic practice may involve tooth extraction. Extracting selected teeth allows the Orthodontist to have sufficient space to move teeth into the desired position. The braces will then close the gaps and the bite will be corrected as part of the treatment to avoid any impact from lost teeth. However, even with orthodontics, tooth extraction is only suggested when it is necessary to achieve the required results. Your Orthodontist will always give you all the options available for your treatment.

At our practice, when we carry out the tooth extraction procedure, we first use a local anaesthetic. This numbs the area of the mouth where the extraction will take place. After the area has been anaesthetised, your dentist can remove the tooth in a comfortable manner.

In normal circumstances it shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes to extract a tooth but this can vary. In more complex cases, your dentist may need to extract surgically or refer you to an oral surgeon. An example of a more complex case is advanced tooth decay or impacted wisdom teeth.

Why are wisdom tooth extractions so common?

Wisdom teeth grow at the back of the gums and are usually the last teeth to come through. By the time the wisdom teeth grow through the gums, the other 28 teeth are usually in place. This means there is often insufficient space in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to erupt properly. As a result of the lack of space, the wisdom teeth sometimes emerge at an angle. They can even get stuck or only partially emerge, known as ‘impacted’. However, your wisdom teeth do not always need to be removed, even if incorrectly erupted. Your dentist will typically suggest to remove impacted wisdom teeth only when there is pain or other problems.

If you do have tooth removal, then there are a number of replacement options available. These include Dentures and Implants. Dentures are removable replacement teeth. Implants are artificial tooth roots and are becoming very popular as they are the closest replacement to the original tooth root. After a tooth extraction, your dentist will give you all the replacement options available. In cases such as wisdom teeth removal, they often suggest not to replace the teeth as they are non-functional and not noticeable.

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