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Tooth Extraction in Bathgate

Our expert team ensures a comfortable and efficient extraction process

Dealing with a painful wisdom tooth or severe tooth decay?

Our expert team ensures a comfortable and efficient tooth extraction process

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About Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is a dental procedure that involves the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. This procedure is typically performed by a dentist and can be necessary for several reasons.

One common reason for tooth extraction is severe tooth decay or damage that cannot be repaired with a filling or crown. In cases where the tooth is too compromised, removing it can prevent further infection and pain. Tooth extractions are also often needed for impacted teeth, such as wisdom teeth, which do not have enough room to emerge or grow properly. Additionally, extractions might be required for orthodontic treatment to create space for teeth to align correctly.

Gum disease, which causes loosening of the teeth due to bone loss, and overcrowding, where there is insufficient space in the mouth for all the teeth to fit properly, are other reasons why extractions might be necessary. Ultimately, the goal of tooth extraction is to maintain or improve overall oral health and function.

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The mechanism

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What's so good about it?

The Benefits


Prevents Spread of Infection

If a tooth is severely decayed or infected, extraction can prevent the infection from spreading to other teeth or into the jawbone, ensuring overall oral health is maintained.

Relieves Pain

Severely damaged or decayed teeth can cause significant pain and discomfort. Extraction can provide immediate relief, especially when other treatments like fillings or root canals are not viable.

Improves Oral Health

Removing problematic teeth can improve the overall health of your mouth, reducing the risk of further dental issues and promoting a healthier oral environment.

Facilitates Orthodontic Treatment

In cases of overcrowded teeth, extractions can create the necessary space for teeth to align correctly, making orthodontic treatments like braces more effective.

Prevents Future Dental Problems

Impacted teeth, such as wisdom teeth, can cause future dental issues like infections or misalignment. Extracting them pre-emptively can prevent these complications.

Aids in Gum Disease Management

In advanced cases of gum disease, removing loose or damaged teeth can help manage the condition and prevent further deterioration of oral health.

Promotes Better Function

Extracting teeth that are causing bite issues or discomfort can improve your ability to chew and speak properly, enhancing overall functionality.

Supports Jaw Health

Removing damaged teeth can prevent jawbone deterioration and maintain the structural integrity of your jaw, especially when followed by restorative treatments like implants.

Enhances Aesthetic Appearance

For some patients, extracting problematic teeth can lead to a more aesthetically pleasing smile, especially when combined with other dental treatments like implants or bridges.

How Is It Done?

Step-by-Step Process

Common Questions

Questions? We've got Answers

Is tooth extraction painful?

Tooth extraction is performed under local anaesthesia, ensuring that you won’t feel pain during the procedure. Post-extraction discomfort is manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers prescribed by our dentist.

How long does a tooth extraction procedure take?

The duration of a tooth extraction depends on various factors, including the tooth’s position and complexity. Simple extractions typically take around 20 to 40 minutes, while more complex cases may take longer.

Are there any risks associated with tooth extraction?

While tooth extraction is generally safe, there are potential risks such as infection, nerve damage, or damage to surrounding teeth. Our dentist will assess these risks and take necessary precautions to minimise them.

Can I eat or drink after a tooth extraction?

It’s advisable to avoid eating or drinking for a few hours following a tooth extraction to allow the blood clot to form properly. Once the clot is stable, you can gradually introduce soft foods and liquids into your diet.

How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?

Recovery time varies from person to person but typically takes a few days to a week. Following our dentist’s post-extraction care instructions, such as avoiding vigorous activities and maintaining oral hygiene, can expedite the healing process.

How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?

Recovery time varies from person to person but typically takes a few days to a week. Following your dentist’s post-extraction care instructions, such as avoiding vigorous activities and maintaining oral hygiene, can expedite the healing process.

Will I need stitches after a tooth extraction?

Whether stitches are required depends on the complexity of the extraction. Simple extractions usually don’t require stitches, while surgical extractions may necessitate sutures to close the gum tissue.

Can I drive after a tooth extraction?

It’s recommended to have someone accompany you to and from the appointment, especially if you’ve been administered sedation. Once the effects of sedation wear off and you feel alert, driving is generally safe.

How soon can I resume normal activities after a tooth extraction?

It’s advisable to rest for the remainder of the day following a tooth extraction and gradually resume normal activities over the next few days. Avoid strenuous activities that may disrupt the healing process.

What should I do if I experience prolonged bleeding after a tooth extraction?

Some bleeding is normal after a tooth extraction, but if bleeding persists or worsens, place a clean gauze pad over the extraction site and apply firm pressure for 20-30 minutes. If bleeding persists, contact our dentist.

Tooth Extraction in Bathgate

Why Choose Us for Tooth Extraction

At Iriston House Dental Practice, we prioritise patient comfort, safety, and optimal oral health outcomes in every dental procedure, including tooth extractions. Our experienced team of dentists utilises the latest techniques and technologies to ensure efficient and minimally invasive extractions.

We provide personalised care tailored to each patient’s unique needs, ensuring a smooth and comfortable extraction experience. With a focus on gentle dentistry and compassionate patient care, you can trust Iriston House Dental Practice for expert tooth extraction services in a warm and welcoming environment.

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01506 652135
48 King St, Bathgate EH48 1AY

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