Tooth extraction, also known as tooth removal, is a procedure available at our dental clinic on Kings Road in Chelsea, London. If you’re in pain and looking for tooth extraction in London, The Wellington Clinic is here to help.

Reasons A Tooth Needs To Be Removed

When a tooth has suffered significant damage, or is at risk of damaging other teeth or your gums, and can’t be fixed with treatment such as a filling or crown, it may need to be extracted. 

Tooth removal is only used as a last resort, but depending on the circumstances and extent of the damage, there may be no other option but for a tooth or multiple teeth to be removed. We also offer private wisdom tooth removal for greater flexibility.

Wisdom teeth removal in London

The removal of wisdom teeth, which are the four teeth furthest back in your mouth – one in each corner – and are the last of your teeth to grow, is a common procedure. 

Wisdom teeth can cause problems for some people because of the lack of space available in a person’s mouth at the point they break through the gum.

This can cause them to emerge at an angle, get stuck and/or impact other teeth, which can cause irritation, pain, swelling and/or infection. In this case, wisdom tooth removal would be recommended. 

A tooth may also need to be extracted if the centre of it, which contains nerves and blood vessels, has a severe infection.

Extraction may be necessary if: 

  • The tooth has a severe infection and antibiotics don’t work
  • There is severe gum disease that has caused the tooth to become loose
  • To prepare a mouth for orthodontic treatment 

If you’re looking for wisdom tooth extraction in London, trust The Wellington Clinic to guide you through this procedure. Choosing private wisdom tooth removal will ensure access to convenient appointment times.

The Tooth Extraction Procedure

When we extract a tooth, we normally use a local anaesthetic, which will numb your mouth. This means you will be awake during the procedure but won’t feel any pain. 

The time taken for a tooth extraction procedure depends on the reason for extraction and where the tooth is located in your mouth. It could take 5 minutes or it could take 30 minutes. We will advise on this prior to starting the procedure.

To extract the tooth, we will widen your tooth socket and then softly rock the tooth to loosen it, to the point where it can be pulled out.

Recovery times for tooth extraction

After the removal of a tooth, a gauze pad will be placed into the socket to stop the bleeding. Dissolvable stitches may be required in some instances. You should be able to return to work the next day and control any mild discomfort with paracetamol or ibuprofen.

The site should heal completely after 1-2 weeks if you follow aftercare advice. This may be longer for wisdom teeth and for multiple extractions.

One or more teeth can be removed per appointment. Sometimes it’s advisable to do more than one, sometimes not. If you are looking for wisdom tooth extraction, London residents typically prefer to complete this treatment in one visit to minimise downtime.

We will discuss this with you and you can let us know what you’re most comfortable with. We can replace an extracted tooth or teeth for you. 

For example, with a dental bridge or dental implant. We will explain the replacement options after tooth removal to you at your appointment.

To find out more about tooth extraction, or to book an appointment at our dental clinic in London, call 020 7148 7148, email info@thewellingtonclinic.com or send us a message using the below contact form.