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Man with severe tooth acheIn most scenarios, we want to do everything possible to help preserve your natural teeth. Unfortunately, that’s not always an option. You might need a dental extraction if your tooth is

  • Non-restorable
  • Severely decayed
  • In severe pain
  • Chronically abscessed
  • Extremely mobile because of gum disease
  • Cracked or fractured

When possible, we try to use restorative therapies like fillings, crowns or root canals to repair your tooth. But non-restorable teeth are usually best removed and replaced with something else. Extracting them helps limit the spread of infection or subsequent tooth pain.

What to Expect

Simple dental extractions are fairly straightforward. They can be comfortably completed with a small amount of local anaesthetic (numbing medication). The only thing you’ll feel is a bit of pressure. However, should you require a more complex or surgical extraction, we have an in-house oral surgeon who can provide those services without any extra referrals.

Be sure to follow your home care instructions to minimise recovery time. Rinsing with a warm saltwater solution and taking an anti-inflammatory medication can reduce discomfort during the first day or so. Most people return to their typical work or school routine by the next day.

After Your Tooth Is Removed

Extracting a tooth creates extra space in your bite, which can lead to shifting in the adjacent teeth. If you’re about to have a tooth removed, be sure to plan for replacing it in a timely manner. Not only will the replacement fill in the space to preserve tooth alignment but it will also prevent the need for chewing on the other side of your mouth (minimising enamel wear). Popular single-tooth replacements typically include dental bridges and implants.

Request an Exam

Do you need a therapeutic or emergency tooth extraction? Contact us today to reserve an exam and find out.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.


Extractions in Kelston, Glen Eden, Auckland | (09) 818 5092