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.

For every functional adult tooth that has to be taken out, your dentist will advise on you tooth-replacement options. It is never advisable to leave the gap empty for too long as there will be tooth movement of the adjacent and/or opposing teeth over time. And the jaw bone where the tooth is removed will shrink over time and this will complicate future treatment options.

Your dentist will then discuss the options for tooth replacement, whether it be a removable appliance like a denture or a fixed option, like an implant or a bridge.

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