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Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions are one of the most common dental procedures performed today.

There are a variety of reasons why your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction. At FHDC we can provide simple and surgical extractions depending on your needs

Tooth decay or damage

If a tooth is decayed or damaged beyond chance of repair the simplest remedial action is to remove the tooth. This is usually a simple and pain free procedure.

Tooth crowding

Sometimes dentists extract teeth to prepare the mouth for orthodontics. The goal of orthodontics is to properly align the teeth, which may not be possible if your teeth are too big for your mouth. Similarly if a tooth cannot break through the gum (because there is not room in the mouth for it) your dentist may recommend extraction.

Wisdom teeth

Because of the lack of space wisdom teeth can sometimes emerge at an angle or get stuck and only partially emerge. Wisdom teeth that develop like this are known as impacted. If you are experiencing severe pain or discomfort from your wisdom teeth. Your dentist will check your teeth and advise you on whether they need to be removed.


If tooth decay or damage extends to the the tooth’s pulp which contains its nerves and blood vessels, bacteria can enter and this can lead to infection. If infection is so severe that antibiotics do not cure it, an extraction may be required to prevent the spread of infection and resolve the toothache.

Gum disease

Gum disease or periodontal disease is where there is an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth. If this has caused loosening of the teeth, it may be necessary to extract the tooth or teeth.

Benefits of tooth extraction from FHDC

  • Our dentists will always try and save your tooth if possible.
  • If an extraction is required we will always explain why and discuss this with you.
  • We aim to provide gentle dental care to make the experience as comfortable as possible


Are tooth extractions painful?

Before removing the tooth, your dentist will give you an injection of a local anaesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. The anaesthetic helps stop any pain and makes the process more comfortable.

What if my tooth is impacted?

If the tooth is impacted your dentist will cut away gum and bone tissue that cover the tooth and then, using forceps, grasp the tooth and gently rock it back and forth to loosen it from the jaw bone and ligaments that hold it in place. Sometimes, a tooth that is difficult to remove must be taken out in pieces. Whilst this is more complicated than a straight extraction and may take a little longer, the dental anaesthetic helps ensure that the procedure is as comfortable as possible.

What is the difference between simple and a surgical extraction?

Simple extractions are performed when the tooth is above the gumline and can be removed with a lifter and forceps. The process and healing time are both quick. This may be used for a decayed tooth or a tooth that is broken but is still above the gumline. It’s also used to remove teeth when the root has died or if your teeth are crowded and removal is necessary to facilitate orthodontic treatment.

Surgical extractions, on the other hand, are more complicated. A surgical extraction requires an incision into the gum to get to the tooth. This type of extraction is necessary if your tooth has broken below the gumline or if it is multiple pieces and some are stuck beneath the gums. A surgical extraction is also necessary for impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or completely covered by gum tissue.

Will it bleed after the extraction?

Once the tooth has been extracted, a blood clot usually forms in the space where the teeth was removed from. The dentist will place a small gauze pad into this apace and ask you to bite down for about 15 minutes whilst the clot forms. Sometimes the dentist will place a few self dissolving stitches to close the gum edges over the extraction site.

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To discuss how Far Headingley Dental Care can help you with a tooth extraction, please complete the enquiry form on this page or call our practice on 0113 275 1323 during normal office hours.

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