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Tooth extraction may be necessary when a tooth is damaged or decayed beyond repair.

Our highly skilled dentists will only extract a tooth when a dental problem cannot be remedied by another method.

Why might I require tooth extraction?

While often a last resort for dentists, tooth extraction is sometimes required to remedy pain and to reduce the possibility of further oral health problems such as infection. Tooth extraction may also be used in cases where a person’s mouth is ‘crowded’ with too many teeth.

What does tooth extraction involve?

Your dentist will first numb the affected area with a local anaesthetic to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. The damaged tooth will then be carefully removed from its socket. The procedure is generally a short one, with the treatment taking just a few minutes.

In instances where the damaged tooth has broken below the gum line, surgical extraction may be required. This is a slightly longer procedure, involving a small incision in the gum to aid removal.

Does it hurt to have a tooth extracted?

No. Dentists routinely use local anaesthetic for tooth extraction to optimise the patient’s comfort throughout treatment. Following the procedure, there may be a small amount of discomfort which can be minimised with regular painkillers such as Paracetamol.

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