We pride ourselves on excellent care and comprehensive patient education. This is why so many patients in the greater Pretoria areas have visited our practice for their advanced dental needs.

In some instances, multiple teeth need to be removed. While other times, one tooth may be the cause of all of your troubles. Here’s what you should expect during a single extraction.

Severe Decay or Damage

If you have a tooth that has substantial decay or severe damage, there may not be enough tooth composition to maintain a dental restoration. Rather than save a severely damaged or decayed tooth, it may make more sense to remove it.


The infection of the interior pulp of a tooth can be quite dangerous. A root canal is usually the best solution to address the contamination and save the tooth. If the infection has spread, however, it may much better to remove the tooth entirely. In these cases, the ideal option is extraction of the infected tooth to relieve pain and prevent further spread of the infection.

Single Tooth Extraction for Advanced Gum Disease

The most severe stage of periodontitis can lead to gum recession, extreme swelling, and an unsightly appearance to your smile. Besides, your teeth may become loose. Sometimes the gum disease is so severe that a tooth cannot remain in place, requiring an extraction to be performed.

Single Tooth Extraction for Extreme Dental Crowding

Significant tooth crowding can cause pain, grinding, and difficulty with speaking and eating. Often, braces won’t get the job done alone. Your orthodontist may need a tooth to be removed in cases of severe crowding so that your dental alignment can be addressed.

The Tooth Extraction Procedure

Single-tooth extraction is usually performed using local anaesthetic only. General anaesthetic can be used for individual patients and in certain circumstances of single-tooth extraction. The oral surgeon will often need to remove some of the gum tissue to help in the tooth removal. If a tooth extraction is too complicated, your oral surgeon may need to break the tooth into pieces, making the entire process much more manageable.

Following tooth extraction, patients must get a lot of rest. They should eat soft foods, like yoghurt, ice cream and mashed vegetables, and keep all foods and beverages away from the gap. Straws should be avoided at all times since suction created from the use of a straw can loosen sutures and undo blood clots in the tooth gap.

Comprehensive pre-op and post-op instructions will be provided to patients during the consultation process, so you have a thorough understanding of the procedure and after-care.

Oral Surgery and Tooth Extraction

For more information about tooth extraction and your options available for advanced dental treatment, be sure to contact our advanced oral surgery centre.