Tooth extractions are dental procedures in which a tooth is removed from its socket in the jawbone. Extractions are typically performed when a tooth is severely damaged, decayed, infected, impacted, or causing other dental or oral health issues. Here are the key points about dental extractions:


  • Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area around the tooth being extracted, ensuring a pain-free experience.
  • Loosening the Tooth: The dentist or oral surgeon uses specialised instruments to gently loosen the tooth within its socket.
  • Extraction: The tooth is carefully lifted and removed from the socket. In some cases, a tooth might need to be sectioned before extraction if it's difficult to remove in one piece.
  • Suturing: After the extraction, sutures (stitches) may be placed to help with healing and reduce bleeding. These sutures may dissolve on their own or need to be removed after a few days.
  • Gauze and Recovery: Gauze is placed over the extraction site to control bleeding and aid in clot formation. Aftercare instructions are provided to ensure proper healing.


  • Follow post-operative instructions carefully, including recommended pain relief, oral hygiene, and diet.
  • Avoid activities that might dislodge the blood clot forming in the socket, as this could lead to a painful condition known as dry socket.
  • Attend any follow-up appointments recommended by your dentist or oral surgeon.

Replacing Extracted Teeth:

Depending on the location and purpose of the extracted tooth, you might consider options like dental implants, bridges, or dentures to restore function and appearance.

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