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Emergency Tooth Removal

When you experience severe tooth pain or damage, it may be necessary to have a tooth removed immediately. This is known as an emergency tooth extraction, and it is often performed in cases where other dental treatments are no longer viable options. In this article, we will discuss the reasons why emergency tooth removal may be necessary, the steps involved in the procedure, and the aftercare measures required to ensure a speedy recovery.

At Pearl dental clinic, we have provided a Same-day tooth extraction service since 2007. This private service is available both to patients registered with the practice and to new patients, 7 days a week from 9am-1opm. You can book dental appointments online 24 hours a day and if necessary have a tooth removed on the same day.

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What is Emergency Tooth Removal?

Emergency tooth removal is a dental procedure that involves the immediate extraction of a tooth to alleviate severe pain, prevent further damage or infection, or address an acute dental condition. The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia with or without conscious sedation, depending on the complexity of the case.


When is Emergency Tooth Removal Necessary?

Emergency tooth removal may be necessary in several situations, including:

Severe Tooth Decay

If a tooth is severely decayed or infected, it may be impossible to save it with a root canal or other dental treatments. The tooth may need to be removed in such cases to prevent further damage or infection.

Trauma or Injury

Accidents or injuries to the mouth or jaw can result in tooth damage or displacement. Emergency tooth extraction maybe needed in cases where a tooth is severely cracked, broken, or knocked out of its socket. This is to prevent further damage to surrounding teeth or soft tissues.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth that are impacted or partially erupted can cause a range of dental issues, including pain, infection, and damage to adjacent teeth. If the pain is severe or there is a risk of infection, emergency tooth removal may be necessary.

Gum Disease

In some cases, gum disease can progress to the point where it causes irreversible damage to the teeth and supporting structures. Emergency tooth extraction may be required if a tooth is loose or if there is a risk of infection spreading to other areas of the mouth.

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How is Emergency Tooth Removal Performed?

Our emergency dentist usually carries out the emergency tooth removal on the same visit as the emergency consultation. The procedure involves the following steps:

  1. Anesthesia: We use painless dental injections with or without conscious sedation to numb the area around the affected tooth. This will minimize pain and discomfort during the procedure.
  2. Tooth Extraction: Using specialized dental instruments, the dentist will carefully remove the affected tooth from its socket. The procedure typically takes between 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of the case. We use physics forceps at Pearl dental clinic to make our tooth extractions as atraumatic as possible.
  3. Stitches: Stitches may be required to close the wound and promote healing. Dissolvable stitches are typically used, so they will not need to be removed later.
  4. Post-Procedure Instructions: After the procedure, the dentist will provide instructions on how to care for the extraction site and minimize pain and swelling.


Aftercare Measures for a Speedy Recovery

To promote healing and minimize pain and swelling after emergency tooth extraction, patients should:

  • Bite down gently on gauze pads to control bleeding.
  • Apply an ice pack to the affected area to reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Take over-the-counter pain medication as directed by the dentist.
  • Rest and avoid physical activity for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
  • Avoid smoking or using tobacco products, as they can delay healing and increase the risk of complications.
  • Eat soft, nutritious foods and avoid hard or chewy foods for at least a few days after the procedure.
  • Rinse the mouth with warm salt water several times a day to promote healing and reduce the risk of infection.


What to Eat After Emergency Tooth Extraction

In the days following emergency tooth extraction, patients should stick to a soft-food diet that is easy to chew and swallow. Some good options include:

  • Soups and broths
  • Yogurt and pudding
  • Applesauce and mashed potatoes
  • Scrambled eggs and tofu
  • Smoothies and milkshakes

It is important to avoid hard or crunchy foods, as they can irritate the extraction site and delay healing.

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Alternatives to Emergency Tooth Removal

In some cases, emergency tooth removal may not be the only option for addressing severe tooth pain or damage. Depending on the specific condition, there may be other treatments available, such as:

We will discuss all available treatment options with you to determine the best course of action for your specific condition.


How much does an emergency tooth extraction cost?

Emergency dental consultation costs £49. A small x-ray is needed to assess the tooth which costs £20. Emergency tooth extractions cost between £100-£250. Emergency wisdom tooth extractions cost between £200-£350 depending on complexity. We will inform of you of the costs involved with your tooth extractions before we carry out any treatment.

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How to get in touch with us

Pearl Dental Clinic is open everyday, from 9am-10pm so that you do not need to take time off work to see us for an appointment. You can book a tooth removal appointment by calling us on 0208 547 9997 or by emailing us or book an appointment online (available 24 hours/day)


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