Non-Surgical Extractions

When fillings, root canals or other restorative dental treatments aren’t enough to save the tooth, a non-surgical extraction may be the healthiest treatment for your mouth.

Do You Need a Tooth Extracted?

Patients come to our dental practice from all over the UK to have their teeth extracted. We will always prioritise saving a tooth if we are able, however, in some instances, pulling the tooth out may be the treatment we recommend most.
After an assessment of your oral health, we can determine whether you need a tooth (or teeth) extracted. Some reasons we may recommend tooth removal include:
  • Overcrowding
  • Infection
  • Periodontal disease
  • Baby teeth that do not fall out on time
Our dental practice puts patient oral health above all else. We will always outline all of the available treatment options, so you can make an informed decision about your dental care.

The Difference Between Surgical and Non-Surgical Dental Extractions

A surgical tooth extraction is performed on teeth that are difficult to remove, have long or curved roots or are still under the gum line. Surgical extractions require the dentist to make an incision to remove the tooth, and are often more difficult to perform than non-surgical dental extractions. We may need to break up these teeth into smaller pieces to make extraction easier for everyone, including you.

A non-surgical dental extraction is also referred to as a simple extraction. In these treatments, the tooth that needs to be removed is visible, and does not require an incision. Instead, the dentist grips the tooth with a tool to loosen and pull it out, often in one piece. Many patients only require local anaesthesia to be comfortable through this relatively quick procedure.

Both methods of tooth extraction are routine procedures, and you can expect the first-class team at The Nightingale Clinic will make these treatments as comfortable as possible. If needed, we can offer sedation to our patients who experience dental anxiety or phobias.

Simple Tooth Extractions at The Nightingale Clinic

At your tooth extraction appointment at our dental practice, we will answer any of your last-minute questions before using local anaesthetic around the treatment site. Once the area is numb, the dentist uses forceps to move the tooth back and forth until it detaches from the socket and can be pulled right out from the gums.

Patients typically recover from non-surgical tooth extraction quickly, and they’re usually back to their normal activities within a few days. Non-surgical tooth extraction is a procedure that has little to no pain during or following the treatment – just be sure to follow our aftercare procedures.

Home Aftercare Following an Extraction

Before we remove the tooth, we will explain in detail what you can expect throughout the treatment. Once the tooth is successfully extracted, we’ll discuss what you can do to ensure the area heals nicely and you avoid infection.

We’ll recommend that you apply ice to the outside of the cheek or jaw where the tooth was extracted. Over the counter painkillers will help minimise any discomfort. Though it may be tempting to touch or press down on the area where the tooth was pulled out, resist the urge to do so.

As for eating afterwards, stick to soft foods as they require minimal pressure from chewing, which makes it much more comfortable for you. Consume foods like soup, applesauce, bananas, yogurt, and other foods of similar consistencies.

Are You Experiencing Toothache?

Oral health pain happens when there is an issue with your teeth or gums. Schedule an appointment to visit our UK dental practice, so we can determine the best treatment options to restore your oral health.