The Cullen Dental Practice has moved to Century Dental Clinic, Ravenna Rd, Putney, SW15 6AW, 0208 788 2785
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When decay has worn away your enamel and caused a cavity, the decay can be removed and your tooth restored with a simple filling. But if the tooth is so badly destroyed that it cannot be restored, the only option may be to remove the tooth to prevent the spread of infection.
To prevent the spread of infection the only option may be to remove the tooth.
Teeth may be extracted for a variety of reasons:
Losing certain teeth can affect the shape and function of the surrounding teeth, so after an extraction you should consider replacing the tooth with a dental implant.
Before a tooth is removed, our dentist will thoroughly review your medical and dental history and take some necessary x-rays of your mouth.
An x-ray will reveal the length, shape, and position of the damaged tooth and state of surrounding bone. Based on this information, our dentist will then estimate the degree of difficulty of the procedure. In some special cases we may need to refer you to a specialist oral surgeon.
If we can carry out the procedure in our clinic, before the removal of the tooth, our dentist will use a local anaesthetic to numb the area of the mouth where the extraction will take place.
Once the area is anaesthetised, the tooth will be removed.
Because every case is different it is impossible to say how long exactly it will take to extract the tooth, but in normal circumstances it shouldn’t take more then 20 minutes.
If possible you should keep your head up to avoid any bleeding. Don’t take any exercises and rest as much as you can.
Also, don’t be tempted to rinse the area for the first 24 hours. It is important to allow the socket to heal properly. You can drink and eat lukewarm food as normal but avoid chewing on that side of your mouth. You should also avoid drinking any alcohol as this can encourage bleeding and delay healing.
You may experience some tenderness in the area for a few days following an extraction. Usually a simple pain relief tablet that you would normally take for a headache should be enough to ease the discomfort. However, if necessary our dentist will recommend or prescribe a stronger pain killer.
To ease the pain, you may also try to apply an ice pack to the face for 10-15 minutes at a time.
Our aim at The Cullen Dental Practice is to provide the very best treatment and advice for our patients.
To make an appointment please call 020 8788 2785.