Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 January 2021



What is it?

  • An extraction is the removal of a tooth out of your mouth. This is because the tooth may be damaged, decayed or gum disease.
  • Children's teeth are sometimes taken out for 'orthodontic' reasons to help new or remaining teeth grow regularly.

What will my dentist do?

  • Depending on the size, shape, position or root shapes of the tooth will equate to the difficulty it is to extract. After evaluating the best way to take your tooth out, the dentist will discuss to you:
    • How long it will take;
    • How to prevent any feeling of the extraction while it's happening;
    • For certain types of pain control, whether to bring someone with you;
    • When it would be convenient to have the removal; and
    • How your mouth should recover afterwards.
  • You might also discuss other treatment you need such as replacement denture in the future.
  • While your tooth is being taken out: you will be able to move your jaw as normal and you may feel pressure from where the tooth is eased out, but not pain.
  • Afterwards: the dentist will give you a pad to bite on, to stop any bleeding; sometimes stitches are used to help the mouth heal and the dentist will give you help on how to look after the gap, how to control any pain and how to contact the practise if there are any problems.

What are the benefits?

  • Having a tooth out can end pain and infection and sometimes be the only way to keep your mouth healthy.