A tooth that is very decayed or damaged or loose because of gum disease may have to be extracted (taken out of your mouth).

Children’s teeth are sometimes taken out for ‘orthodontic’ reasons to help the new or remaining teeth grow regularly or without being crowded.

You might discuss other treatment you need – for example, whether you may need an immediate replacement denture. If you wear a denture, this can be made ready with a new tooth at the same visit. Or you may have to have a gap for a while and come back to have the denture changed or have a new denture.

While the tooth is being taken out:

  • you will be able to move your jaw as normal
  • you may feel some pressure as the tooth is eased out, but not any 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. The dentist will give you advice on:

  • how to look after the hole where the tooth was while it is healing
  • how to control any pain when the anesthetic wears off
  • how to contact the practice if there are any problems