Tooth Removal

If your tooth is damaged or decayed and can’t be repaired with a filling or crown, your dentist may decide to remove (extract) the tooth as a last resort.

Procedure Overview

Procedure Time

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Recuperation Time

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There are a number of reasons why you might need to have a tooth removed.


For example, you may have:

  • A broken tooth
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Gum disease (periodontal disease)
  • An abscess on your gums or around your teeth
  • Crowded teeth – when your teeth don’t have enough space in your jaw
  • Impacted wisdom teeth

If you have an infection your dentist may advise you to take antibiotics before removing your tooth as the anaesthetic will not work effectively. Your tooth will usually be removed at your local practice, however if there are any complications, for example your medical history, you may be referred to a hospital.

What to expect at my appointment?

Most tooth removal procedures are straight forward and painless.

If you’re unsure about anything, ask. No question is too small. Being fully informed will help you feel more at ease and will allow you to give your consent for the procedure to go ahead.

Want to speak to someone about treatment options?

Call our Patient Care Team on 0204 548 8616. Working hours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 8am-8pm Friday 11am-7pm and Saturday 8am-1pm.

What to do if you are in pain?

If you are in pain, let us know and we will do everything we can to arrange an emergency appointment as soon as possible for you.

The emergency procedure may vary at each practice, so please read the correct emergency procedure for your local Damira Dental practice.

Alternatively you can ring the NHS Emergency Helpline on 111 for further advice.

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