Tooth Extraction/Removal of tooth

Tooth extraction is a dental treatment in which a single tooth or number of teeth are removed from their sockets in the jaw bone. The tooth and its root structure determine the complexity of the tooth removal. While it is generally known as “having a tooth pulled”, it’s a combination of rocking and pulling motion known as luxation. This action gradually loosens the space in the bone where the tooth is placed and breaks the small fibers that attach the tooth to the bone.

Of course, our priority is to save your natural tooth if possible, however, that’s not the case all the time. If the infection has spread from the affected tooth to the neighbouring teeth and gums are compromised, removal of the tooth is a viable option.

Extraction Methods

The difference
At Niddrie Dental Clinic, we understand that it’s not a fun experience getting your tooth removed but if you ignore it, there will be more damage.

Simple Extraction

is carried out without the need for an incision. It involves removing a visible tooth at the gumline under local anaesthetic which helps to numb the area around the affected tooth and gum.

Surgical Extraction

is performed to remove an affected tooth that is usually beneath the gums. It will require the dentist to make an incision to expose the tooth. Similar to the simple extraction, it will be done under local anesthetic. You may still feel some pressure during the extraction.

Wisdom teeth removal/Extraction

Wisdom teeth are also known as third molars, the final set of adult teeth that people have around their late teens or early twenties (18-25 years). Wisdom teeth can occasionally erupt at an angle or become caught and only partially emerge due to the lack of space. They are also referred to as impacted wisdom teeth and can cause severe pain, gum infections, or decay.

Our dentist will assess your affected tooth and surrounding gums. Dental X-rays will be taken to determine the extent of damage and bone levels. Be sure to inform our dentist about any medications that you may know of which could interfere with the extraction.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

  • If the tissue around your wisdom tooth is inflamed or infected. The symptoms include; red inflamed gums, bad taste/smell, headache or jaw pain, pain on biting the back teeth, and pus oozing or draining from the area.
  • If the wisdom tooth has erupted at an angle such that the neighboring molar becomes difficult to clean. This complex position will cause decay to the adjacent tooth.
  • If the third molar has erupted through the tissue but is without opposing teeth, extraction may still be considered.

What can you do to avoid an infection?

  • Regular brushing and flossing. You can use a small head toothbrush to help get in all the way to the back (wisdom teeth).
  • Rinse after every meal and use warm salty water to reduce the risk of infection.
  • Routine dental check-ups to help monitor the wisdom teeth. The state of the wisdom teeth usually changes between 16 – 23 years. Thus, it is very important during this period to get them checked regularly.

When would I need a tooth extraction?

When a tooth becomes infected, damaged, or decayed beyond repair.

  • Large cavities that are not restorable
  • Fractured tooth
  • Deep infection in a tooth
  • Orthodontic reasons
  • Problems with a wisdom tooth


What is the recovery period after the extraction?

Recovery is highly dependent on the type of extraction and how well you follow the post instructions given by our dentist.

  • Simple extraction usually heals within a few days.
  • Surgical extraction takes longer as it depends if the bone had to be cut and how quickly it heals.

If the post-extraction healing process is normal, you can eat solid food after 2 weeks.

How long does it take for the procedure?

For a single tooth to be extracted, usually, a 45 mins appointment will be booked. If you require more than one tooth to be extracted, expect a longer appointment. You can always ask our friendly dentist.

What happens after the extraction?

As the extraction/removal of the tooth is done under local anesthetic, you will be numb for a few hours. Once the anesthetic wears off, you can expect to experience some pain, swelling, and tenderness.

The dentist may prescribe some antibiotics or pain relief medications if they think you might require some to help with the pain and infection.

You will receive some verbal as well as a set of written post-extraction instructions which you are highly advised to follow through to have a smooth recovery. If the pain or swelling does not go away, then you need to call us at 93742244.

Are there any alternatives to tooth extraction?

Root Canal treatment may be an alternative treatment. We understand that it can be hard to lose a tooth and that’s why we try our best to avoid extraction unless it’s the last option available to stop any further damage.

Extraction or Root Canal Treatment?

Our dentist will consider your tooth for root canal treatment if;

  • It still has an adequate bone support
  • The roots are still intact
  • The majority of the tooth structure can still be restored.