Whilst becoming less and less common, the option to completely remove a tooth can still be taken for a number of reasons.

Can I avoid it?

In some cases—yes, we will do whatever is possible in order to save your tooth, but sometimes extraction is the only solution.

Will it hurt?

No. You’ll be given enough anaesthetic to ensure no pain. Whilst the process can be slightly uncomfortable due to the pulling against you the dentist will be doing. You may also notice unusual sounds, but this is normal.


Most people will want to try to keep their teeth if at all possible. Generally extraction is suggested as a last resort, and treatments such as root canal can ensure you keep your natural tooth if possible. Your dentist will discuss all your options with you

Reasons For Extractions?

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Unrepairable tooth
  • Crowned teeth

Recovery after extraction

You will have some bleeding from where your tooth was removed. The dentist will keep you in the surgery until they’re sure this bleeding is controlled. The dentist will advise you about painkillers or other after-care that may be required, howover you are likely to experience minor discomfort for a few days following the procedure.

You’ll probably find that the region immediately adjacent to the tooth’s empty socket is tender when touched and feels irregular and different to your tongue.

It’s also possible that you’ll find some degree of swelling has formed, both in the tissues that surround your extraction site and possibly your face too—this is normal and will not last long.

Since the new tissues that form during this time frame are quite sensitive—be careful when eating foods or brushing.

After a certain period of time, your gums will completely heal and you’ll not notice any bumps or irregularities.


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