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Extraction

If your tooth is severely damaged or decayed, and it’s not possible to save it using techniques like root canal treatment, we may recommend extraction. Tooth extraction can be performed by either a dentist or an oral surgeon.

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Why would I need a tooth extracted?

There are several reasons why our dentist may advise you to consider having your tooth removed. Tooth extraction is usually a last resort, which is called upon when it’s not possible to salvage a damaged or diseased tooth. Extraction may be recommended in the following circumstances:

  • You have advanced tooth decay
  • You have severe gum disease
  • Your tooth is broken and it cannot be repaired
  • You have an abscess on the tooth
  • Your teeth are crowded and there’s a lack of space in the jaw (this is usually relevant to patients who are having orthodontic treatment and those who experience wisdom tooth pain)
  • Your wisdom tooth is impacted: this means that the tooth is pushing against the neighbouring tooth and growing at an angle.
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What to expect

Many patients feel anxious about the prospect of having a tooth removed. If you are having a tooth extracted, our dentist will explain exactly what the procedure entails before you make a decision. Extraction is carried out under local anaesthetic to prevent any pain. If you have any questions or queries about the procedure, don’t be afraid to ask your dentist. It’s natural to be nervous, and our dentists are highly trained in caring for anxious patients.
When you’re ready and you feel comfortable, the dentist will administer the local anaesthetic, and you should start to feel the tooth and the surrounding area going numb. Once the effects are apparent, the dentist will start the procedure. To remove the tooth, our dentist will use specially designed tools to gently move the tooth and widen the socket. They will then pull the tooth out of its socket and apply pressure to the wound to prevent bleeding. In some cases, a small stitch may be required.

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Aftercare tips

If you’ve had a tooth removed, our dentists will talk to you about pain relief and steps you can take to prevent discomfort. It’s a good idea to avoid hard, chewy foods for a period of time and you may also wish to take over the counter pain relief medication. You might feel a little uncomfortable after treatment, but you shouldn’t be in pain. If you do develop pain after the procedure, contact us straight away.

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FAQs

No. There are lots of treatments that can be used to repair damaged teeth and treat infected and decayed teeth. Extraction is usually only recommended as a last resort when it’s not possible to save the tooth.

You might feel slightly uncomfortable after treatment, but during the procedure, you won’t feel anything, as the tooth will be numbed using local anaesthetic.

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