Removing A Badly Damaged Or Decaying Tooth

How we carry out a tooth extraction at The Lodge Dental Suite in Cheshunt.

Although there are many treatments available to save a damaged or decaying tooth; fillings, crowns and root canal treatment being some of the more obvious, there are times when a decision has to be taken to remove the tooth. This usually happens when a tooth is very badly broken or the decay is so extensive that it would leave little of the natural tooth after the decayed material was removed.

This is not a step that we take lightly and we always aim to save the natural tooth whenever we can. However, if we do need to extract a tooth, you can be sure that you are in good hands with our Cheshunt dentists based in Hertfordshire.


To extract a tooth, you will be given a local anaesthetic which will prevent you from feeling pain. Although it is common for patients to anticipate that the procedure will cause distress, the reality is that modern local anaesthetics are extremely powerful and whilst you may feel a little pressure as the tooth is manoeuvred, any pain should be minimal. Once the area is numb, the dentist will grip the tooth with special tools and, rather than pull the tooth as some expect, they will gently move the tooth from side to side in a rocking motion. This has the effect of loosening the tooth from the jawbone. Once the tooth is sufficiently loose, the tooth can then be gently pulled from the socket.

Immediate aftercare

As you would expect, removing a tooth causes some bleeding and this will be stemmed by the patient biting down gently on a piece of sterile gauze. This is an important part of the post procedure recovery as it allows a blood clot to form in the socket and, therefore, begin the start of the healing process.

Care should be taken not to remove this blood clot by spitting, swilling or any other similar action. You should continue to clean your other teeth as normal but avoid touching the blood clot. This area does need to be kept clean however, but until it has reached a stage where gentle brushing can be applied, gently tipping a warm saline solution onto the area should be sufficient. This liquid should be allowed to fall from the mouth, rather than spitting, so that the blood clot is not dislodged.

You will be given full aftercare instructions when you have a tooth extracted at The Lodge Dental Suite and we are always on hand should you have any concerns following the procedure. You may also wish to consider your options for replacing the extracted tooth, especially if it is one of your front teeth. We have a comprehensive selection of tooth replacement methods available including dentures, bridges and the latest dental implants.

If you are looking for a gentle Cheshunt dentist to take care of your teeth, we are always happy to accept new patients, you can call us on 01992 643 388 or contact us via the form on our website.