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Tooth extractions

Many people have to have a tooth removed at some time in their lives. This can be for a number of reasons. Some people have over-crowded mouths, and have some teeth removed as part of their orthodontic (teeth-straightening) treatment. Sometimes teeth become too badly decayed or damaged to be repaired and need to be extracted. Gum disease can, in its later stages, cause teeth to become so loose that they have to be taken out. And some people have to have their wisdom teeth removed, usually because they are growing in the wrong direction and are causing problems.

The procedure for removing a tooth is relatively simple from a patient's perspective. We will numb your tooth and the surrounding area with local anaesthetic, so you won't feel any pain. We will then hold the tooth firmly, and will ease it out.

There will be some bleeding, but we will place a gauze pad in the tooth socket to help stop the bleeding. We will generally ask you to bite gently on this padding for about half-an-hour, after which you can take it out and throw it away.

This page was last updated on 20 of July 2011

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