Tooth removal will be your best option if a tooth is badly damaged and beyond repair. Or in the case of overcrowding. Visit our Hertford practice for pain-free tooth extractions and options to close the gap.
In this Section:
Tooth removal, Cost & What Happens
Our dentists would never recommend a tooth extraction if it were unnecessary.
When teeth are beyond repair, tooth removal is the best option. The dentist will walk you through your replacement options following the extraction.
The cost of extraction at our Hertfordshire practice is £150. Patients can expect a fuss-free experience, where we can take extra steps to calm you if you’re nervous.
Reasons why you might need to have your teeth pulled:
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- Most locations in Hertfordshire are about a fifteen minutes drive from our practice, with Stevenage being a 20-26 minute drive at the peak of the day (11.3 miles via A602 and A119).
- We’re equally accessible by bus and train (all within a short three-minute walk to the practice).
Do And Don’ts After Extraction
- DON’T rinse your mouth for 24 hours.
- DO rinse your mouth after one day with salt water four times daily.
- DON’T smoke or drink alcohol.
- DO brush away from the wound (building up daily by brushing closer).
Unlike the NHS, going private means you get treated much faster, which is especially useful if you need urgent care.
Plus, with more relaxed timings, our dentists can take extra time to be as gentle as possible.
Replacing extracted teeth
It is essential to replace missing teeth to avoid several consequences. Dental implants are the superior choice.
Post-extraction Aftercare advice
- After the appointment, the anaesthetic will not have worn off, so avoid chewing for a few hours afterwards.
- Some discomfort is to be expected. Ibuprofen or paracetamol (not aspirin) is usually sufficient to make you comfortable.
- It can take from 1-7 days to recover from an extraction – this depends upon the nature of the extraction.
- If there is swelling, apply an ice pack – 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off – for a few hours following extraction.
24 hours after a tooth extraction
- Warm salty mouthwashes at least 3-4 times daily.
- Limit your diet to soft foods like yoghurt, soft soups, and ice cream for the first 48 hours.
- If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.
- Relax and avoid all strenuous activities for 24 hours.
- Stay hydrated and drink eight large glasses of water.
Bleeding is controlled and stopped during surgery. However, there can be residual bleeding approximately 48 hours after the extraction. If you have any bleeding after this, you should contact us.
Dry socket is another term for inflammation of the socket’s bone lining. It is standard following extraction and occurs mainly after wisdom teeth or molar extractions. It onsets as pain 3-4 days after.
Pain and swelling
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are the systemic analgesic of choice, e.g. Ibuprofen. External ice packs can also help reduce swelling.