Our dentists will always do their best to repair or save your tooth, but sometimes the damage done by decay, gum disease or trauma (broken tooth) is too severe. In this case, you’ll need to have your tooth removed from its socket in the bone.
If it’s a simple extraction, your dentist can remove your tooth in the dental chair.
How it’s done:
If the extraction is complicated, your dentist might refer you to an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon.
Healing times can vary but generally within the first few days blood clots will form, so you need to be careful when rinsing and eating. After 3–4 weeks the gum tissue will heal and then the bone will slowly fill in where the tooth root was – this could take up to 6 months. Your dentist will give you a list of instructions to reduce the chance of any complications.
You can brush and floss your other teeth as usual. Your dentist will advise when it’s safe to start cleaning the area where the tooth was removed.