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Dental extractions of teeth may be an option if:

  • Tooth decay has spread so deep that we can no longer effectively fill the tooth or offer root canal treatment.

  • Gum disease has caused so much bone loss that teeth have become very loose in their socket.

  • A tooth is causing pain or infection and other options (root canal treatment/re-root canal treatment) are not chosen by the patient.

  • An orthodontist has agreed with a patient/their parents that a tooth should be removed to create space for orthodontic reasons.

Tooth extractions are completed under the use of local anaesthetic in our practice. 

All mouths are different, and if we find an extraction to be too difficult to complete in surgery, we may need to refer you to a local oral surgeon who has greater expertise and resources to tackle more difficult extractions.

Common risks involved following extractions are:

  • Bleeding

  • Bruising

  • Swelling

  • Aches

  • Infection of a socket (dry socket)

The dentist will take all factors into consideration when providing extractions as an option, and will advise you on methods to reduce post-operative discomfort.

Following a tooth extraction, you may wish to consider replacing the space created from the removal of the tooth.


Options vary from case to case due to a multitude of factors, but may include:

  • Implants (we do not currently offer implants in our practice but can refer you to local practitioners who do).

  • Bridges

  • Dentures

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