Teeth Extraction


Expert Teeth Extraction Services at Studio Smiles

Welcome to Studio Smiles, a leading provider of dental services specialising in teeth extraction. Tooth extraction is a dental procedure involving removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. While it may seem daunting, there are various reasons why tooth extraction may be necessary. It is typically recommended to patients whose teeth are severely decayed, infected, fractured, or crowded, posing a threat to their oral health. We understand the importance of entrusting dental care to experts. This is why we have a team of highly skilled dental surgeons with extensive experience in performing teeth extractions with precision and care. As an expert in the field, our team performs the extraction procedure safely, efficiently, and with minimal discomfort.

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Reasons For Teeth Extraction

It is generally best to save your natural teeth whenever possible because they offer several advantages over artificial teeth or replacements.
However, there are some situations in which it becomes difficult to avoid teeth extraction.
Here are some common reasons why you may be recommended tooth removal:

  • Severe tooth decay or cavities that cannot be treated with dental fillings or root canal therapy.
  • Advanced periodontal disease (gum disease) causing significant damage to the supporting structures of the tooth.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth that cannot fully erupt or grow properly, leading to pain, infection, and potential damage to neighbouring teeth.
  • Crowded teeth or malocclusion (misalignment) that requires orthodontic treatment sometimes necessitates removing one or more teeth.
  • Trauma or injury to a tooth, causing irreparable damage.
  • In preparation for orthodontic treatment, tooth extraction may be required to create space for proper teeth alignment.
  • Supernumerary teeth (extra teeth) that can cause overcrowding, malocclusion, or other dental problems.
  • Fractured or broken teeth beyond repair.
  • Teeth affected by severe root resorption, where the root structure is extensively damaged.
  • Dental infections, such as abscesses, that cannot be effectively treated with root canal therapy or antibiotics.
  • In cases of severe toothache or pain that cannot be alleviated through other means.
  • Cosmetic reasons, such as removing severely stained or misshapen teeth that affect a person’s smile and self-confidence.
  • Dental prosthetics, such as dentures or implants, may require tooth extraction to provide a stable foundation for the prosthetic device.

The Process of Teeth Extraction

While the process may vary slightly depending on the specific circumstances, here is a general overview of a teeth extraction process:


The dental surgeon will administer local anaesthesia to numb the tooth and the surrounding area to ensure comfort during the treatment. In some cases, general anaesthesia or sedation may be used if multiple teeth are being extracted or if you have dental anxiety.

Loosening the Tooth:

Once the anaesthesia has taken effect, the dental surgeon will use specialised instruments, such as forceps, to loosen the tooth from its socket. They will gently apply pressure and use controlled movements to dislodge the tooth.


Once the tooth is sufficiently loosened, they will carefully grasp it with dental forceps and firmly rock it back and forth to detach it from the ligaments and tissues holding it in place. The pressure may cause slight discomfort, but you should not feel any pain due to the anaesthesia.


After the tooth is successfully separated from its socket, the dental surgeon will extract it from your mouth. If the tooth is impacted or not easily accessible, the dentist may need to make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the tooth fully before extraction.

Cleaning and Stitches:

If incisions are made, they will clean the extraction site to remove debris or infection. In some cases, stitches may be required to close the wound. These stitches are typically dissolvable and do not require removal.

Gauze Placement:

The dental surgeon will place a small piece of sterile gauze over the extraction site to control bleeding and promote clot formation. You’ll be instructed to bite down gently on the gauze for a specific duration to aid in the formation of a blood clot.

Healing and Recovery

After the extraction, the dental surgeon will provide instructions on caring for the extraction site. This may include recommendations for pain management, swelling reduction, and proper oral hygiene practices. You may be prescribed pain medications or antibiotics if necessary, and you may expect the extraction site to heal gradually. It’s essential to follow the post-extraction care instructions the surgeon provides to minimise the risk of complications like severe infection or dry socket.

What Must You Eat After The Surgery?

After teeth extraction, it’s essential to stick to a soft or liquid diet for a day or two to allow the extraction site to heal properly.
Here are some food options that are generally recommended:


Warm, pureed soups without chunks or large pieces are a good choice.


Blended fruits and vegetables, yogurt, and milk or alternative milk options can provide nutrition and hydration. Avoid using a straw to drink anything, as the suction can dislodge the blood clot.


Soft, plain yogurt can be soothing and provide protein and probiotics. Avoid yogurts with added chunks or granola.


Smooth applesauce is easy to eat and gentle on the extraction site.

Mashed Potatoes:

Creamy mashed potatoes without added spices or hard pieces are a good option.

Puddings and Jelly:

Soft, gelatinous desserts like puddings and jelly can be easily consumed without chewing.

Scrambled Eggs:

Softly scrambled eggs can provide protein. However, it is best to avoid adding spices or hard toppings.


Cooked and softened oatmeal is a nutritious and easy-to-eat option. Do not add nuts or seeds to your oatmeal.

What Is a Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extraction is a dental procedure where a tooth is removed from its socket in the jawbone. The process involves numbing the area and removing the tooth using forceps or, in complex cases, surgical extraction. Post-operative care is important to promote healing and includes managing pain and swelling, keeping the extraction site clean, and attending follow-up appointments.

When Might You Need a Tooth Extraction?

You might need a tooth extraction if you have severe tooth decay, advanced gum disease, impacted wisdom teeth, orthodontic needs, fractured teeth, extra teeth, or as a preparatory step for dentures or implants.

What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?

During a tooth extraction, a tooth is removed from its socket in the jawbone. The area is numbed with local anaesthesia, and the tooth is gently rocked and lifted with forceps, or, in complex cases, a surgical extraction may be performed with an incision in the gum tissue.

What Happens After a Tooth Extraction?

After tooth extraction, a blood clot forms in the extraction site to safeguard the underlying bone and nerves. The healing process begins, and you may experience some pain, swelling, and discomfort. It is important to follow post-operative instructions provided by the dentist, rest and recover, and attend a follow-up appointment to monitor healing. Complications are rare but possible, so contact your dentist if any concerning symptoms arise.

Are There Any Alternatives to Tooth Extraction?

Yes, there are alternatives to tooth extraction depending on the specific dental issue. Some other options may include dental fillings or crowns for decayed teeth, root canal treatment for infected teeth, orthodontic treatment to correct misalignment, periodontal treatment for gum disease, and other restorative or preventive measures. It is best to consult a dentist to determine the most appropriate alternative treatment option for your dental condition.

How Can I Cover the Cost of A Tooth Extraction?

Options to cover the cost of tooth extraction include:

  • Private health insurance.
  • Medicare for specific cases.
  • Public dental services.
  • Dental payment plans.
  • Dental schools.
  • Charitable organisations.

Discuss these options with your dentist to find an affordable solution.

Does Getting a Tooth Extraction Hurt?

Local anaesthesia is used to numb the area during tooth extraction, ensuring you don’t feel pain. However, you may experience some pressure and discomfort when your dentist pulls your teeth. You will likely experience pain once the anaesthesia wears out, so your dentist will give you medications to manage it. While there may be some discomfort associated with the process, getting a tooth extraction should not be excessively painful.

How Long Does It Take to Recover?

The recovery time after a tooth extraction varies from person to person. Generally, it takes about one to two weeks to recover fully. The initial healing period, with the formation of a blood clot and closure of the extraction site, takes about 1-2 weeks. However, complete bone and soft tissue healing may take several months. Following your dentist’s post-operative instructions and practising good oral hygiene can help promote faster healing.

What Can I Expect in Terms of Pain or Discomfort After a Tooth Extraction?

After tooth extraction, it is normal to experience some pain, discomfort, and swelling. The intensity and duration of these symptoms can vary from person to person. Your dentist may prescribe pain medications to help manage any post-operative pain. Following post-operative care instructions, such as applying ice packs, maintaining good oral hygiene, and avoiding certain foods, can help minimise pain and discomfort during healing.


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