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Tooth extraction in Chesham

Gentle tooth removal from a trusted caring dentist.

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Here at York House, our main priority is to save a tooth.

There are, however, times when this just isn’t possible, safe or feasible.

In these instances, you’ll be pleased to know that tooth extractions in Chesham are a last-resort treatment that is gentle, comfortable and (in most cases) quick.

Find out more about how we approach tooth removal below…

So what can patients expect?

If you have a pain-inducing wisdom tooth that has partially erupted (lodged in the gum) or a problem tooth that is too weak to receive a dental crown or root canal treatment, then our Chesham dentists will probably recommend a tooth extraction.

Whether it’s a wisdom tooth extraction or a conventional tooth extraction, you’ll be pleased to know that the process is carried out in the same way, with care, compassion and the latest gentle dental techniques.

Moreover, your appointment shouldn’t take long. It’s likely you will spend the majority of time waiting for the anaesthetic to take effect. Once it does, you shouldn’t feel any discomfort. You may, however, feel slight pressure as the tooth is extracted, but no pain.

Our Chesham dentists are highly skilled and the whole process should be over within 1 hour or less. This may take longer if you are undergoing multiple tooth extractions. For most people, the thought of undergoing a tooth removal is far more worrying than the process itself. As a result, most people are pleasantly surprised at how straight forward the treatment is.

What about after a tooth extraction?

Our Chesham patients should know that they are in safe and capable hands.

Once your tooth has been removed we may ask you to bite down on some gauze for a few minutes. This is so that a blood clot can form to prevent any infection. Our dentist with a special interest in oral surgery will also give you some advice on minimising any post-surgical discomfort and may recommend some pain killers if needed.

Other tips include:

  • Avoiding brushing or flossing near the extraction site for several days
  • Avoiding hard or crunchy foods until the extraction site has fully healed
  • Take prescribed pain relief as requested and,
  • Avoiding smoking during the recovery.

Commonly asked questions

Aside from tooth extractions do you perform other types of oral surgery?

Yes, Oliver Tabbenor has a special interest in oral surgery and attends our dental practice every Saturday morning. He can also assist with:

  • Impacted teeth
  • Bone grafting prior to dental implants for those with inadequate bone
  • Facial trauma
  • Tongue-tie in babies and infants
  • Gum surgery for those with advanced periodontal (gum) issues
  • Salivary gland blockages and,
  • The removal of oral cysts

How long does my tooth extraction need to heal?

Chesham patients can expect to feel more comfortable within 24 hours. However, it can take up to 2 months for the site to heal sufficiently to plan a replacement tooth restoration. During this period after tooth removal, no discomfort should be felt and patients are free to live their normal lives.

Are there any risks associated with tooth extraction or oral surgery?

As with all surgical treatments, there are risks involved but provided that you seek treatment from an experienced professional and follow any after-care plans, your surgery should be no riskier than having a tooth filled.

Despite this, our dentists will explain any potential complications to you before moving ahead with the tooth extraction or oral surgery procedure.

Do my wisdom teeth have to be extracted?

No. Many people manage to live happily with their wisdom teeth intact. However, some people find that their wisdom teeth become impacted (stuck in the gum) and this can be problematic causing great discomfort. In these cases, and because our wisdom teeth aren’t really needed, extraction may be the best option.

Will I be sedated for oral surgery?

Some surgical treatments like tooth extractions are very brief and a local anaesthetic is normally sufficient to keep a patient comfortable. Other lengthier and more invasive treatments, however, may require sedation.

Nervous patients can also request light sedation if they prefer. Simply tell us at the time of booking and we’ll do all we can to ensure that you remain comfortable throughout your surgical treatment.  

Ready to book an appointment?

Needing a tooth extraction isn’t a nice feeling, but our Chesham patients can rest assured that they are in gentle and capable hands. We will ensure that you have a comfortable experience from start to finish and that you receive the care and the patient-focused attention you deserve.

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01494 783874
247 - 249 Berkhampsted Road
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