Tooth Extraction

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Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is one of the dental procedures in which the tooth is completely removed from its socket.

Here are some of the common reasons why teeth are removed:

  • Pain
  • Abscess
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Prosthetics (false teeth)
  • Cosmetic (for appearance)
  • To correct irregular teeth, remove extra teeth or make space


Usually, tooth removal is straightforward and takes a few minutes. You should not feel pain during the procedure, but you will feel pressure and hear noises.

 If you have tooth extraction under general anaesthetic in the dental day surgery unit, you do not need to stay in the hospital overnight. If any stitches are needed, they will dissolve in about 2-4 weeks.

You may have some side effects after tooth extractions, such as pain, bleeding, swelling and sensitivity for some time, which settle down with time. You will need to keep the area very clean while it heals – your dentist will tell you how best to do this.