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Tooth Removal: Procedure, Aftercare, Types & Cost

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Tooth Removal / Tooth Extraction

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Tooth removal is a surgical procedure in which the dentist removes a tooth from its socket. The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia and can be completed in one visit. 

There are many reasons why a patient might need to have their teeth removed, but most often it’s because of tooth decay or an accident that caused damage to the tooth.

If you’re having trouble chewing food or swallowing properly, or if you feel pain when biting down on something, then it’s possible that your tooth needs to be removed.

Most times, this happens because of dental diseases such as decay or gum disease. In some cases, however, an injury can cause damage to a tooth that requires removal as well.

Why Are Teeth Removed?

Black woman with tooth ache

There are several reasons why a tooth may need to be removed;

  1.  The most common is decay or tooth decay. When bacteria in your mouth make their way into the enamel of your teeth, they begin to break down the structure of your teeth and produce acids that can eat away at the dentin (the layer beneath the enamel) and cause cavities. Treatment for this type of dental problem involves removing all affected tissue and filling in any holes you may have with a material called composite resin.
  2. Another reason teeth may need to be removed is due to trauma such as oral surgery or an accident. If you have had an accident that has caused damage to your jawbone or other surrounding structures, then it may be necessary for us to remove one or more teeth from the area so that we can properly treat the injury without further damaging surrounding structures such as nerves or blood vessels.
  3. If there is an infection in your mouth from a toothache or abscessed gum tissue, then we will likely recommend removing that infected area before it spreads any further throughout your body via blood vessels or lymphatic channels located near those areas.”

Tooth Removal Cost

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Simple extractions typically cost R 400 to R 600 per tooth, though they could cost more depending on the kind of anaesthetic you require.

Impacted teeth removal carries a much higher price tag that can range from R800 to R1,200.

The cost of the process might also be influenced by where you reside because many services are based on the cost of living in a certain area.

Tooth Removal Procedures.

Holding after removal

Here’s a breakdown of the different procedures for tooth removal:

  1. Extraction: The dentist pulls the tooth out of your mouth. This is also called “extracting” or “pulling” the tooth.
  2. Surgical extraction: The dentist uses a special tool to remove the tooth in one piece. This is sometimes done if there are problems with the roots, such as gum disease or an abscessed nerve.
  3. Root canal treatment: The dentist removes all of the infected tissue from inside the tooth and fills it with a filling material like gutta-percha (a type of rubber). This allows you to keep your natural tooth instead of having it removed or replaced by an implant or bridge.
  4. Implant: The dentist places an artificial tooth root into your jawbone and then attaches an artificial crown on top of it. You will likely need some type of surgery to prepare for this procedure, but once it’s done, you’ll be able to eat just like normal!

Tooth Removal For A Painful Tooth: What Happens?

Your dentist or oral surgeon may employ one or more types of anaesthetic depending on your level of comfort and the anticipated complexity of your extraction.

Regional anesthetic

Your dentist or oral surgeon will place a numbing agent on your gums close to the tooth that is being extracted to provide local anaesthesia.

The local anaesthetic will next be applied by one or more injections close to the extraction site.

Not all sensations will be eliminated by the anaesthetic. Although there may be some movement and pressure, no severe pain or stinging should be felt. 

For a straightforward extraction, local anaesthetic is frequently employed, and you’ll remain conscious throughout.

Drowsiness anaesthesia

A few possibilities exist for further sedation.

Laughing gas, often known as nitrous oxide, provides mild sedation to help you unwind throughout your treatment.

You might be able to get conscious sedation from your dentist or oral surgeon by taking a pill or tablet before the surgery.

You’ll be completely awake with either of these choices, but you’ll also feel more at ease and sleepy.

Your dentist or surgeon can suggest sedatives administered through an intravenous (IV) line in your arm for more moderate sedation.

Sedation anaesthetic will make you unconscious during the surgery. You won’t remember much of the process. A deeper level of drowsiness is available with IV sedation.

You’ll always receive a local anaesthetic to relieve any discomfort at the extraction site.

Overall sedation

Only in exceptional circumstances is general anaesthesia typically made available.

You can receive it by IV in your arm or by nasal inhalation. Sometimes both are applied simultaneously. You will go completely unconscious under general anaesthesia.

Your respiration, blood pressure, and temperature will be checked as the extraction is being done.

You shouldn’t feel any discomfort or remember the operation. To lessen your postoperative discomfort, a local anaesthetic will probably be administered to you.

Disadvantages Of Tooth Removal / Tooth Extraction

The risks of tooth extraction include;

  • pain 
  • swelling 
  • bleeding 
  • infection

In addition to these risks, there is also the possibility that your mouth will be sore for several days afterwards. If you have had a tooth extracted recently or in the past, you may also experience temporary numbness or tingling in the area where the tooth was pulled out.

It is important to note that some patients have reported having trouble opening their mouths after having a tooth pulled. It is recommended that you avoid chewing on hard foods for at least 24 hours after your procedure.

Tooth Extraction: Aftercare

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  • After the operation, place an ice pack on your cheek to minimize swelling. Each time, apply the ice pack for 10 minutes.
  • Bite down to stop bleeding and promote clot formation when the dentist applies the gauze pad to the afflicted area.
  • Keep the gauze in place for three to four hours, or until the blood has completely saturated the pad.
  • All medications, including over-the-counter pain relievers, should be taken as directed.
  • For the first 24 hours, take it easy and rest.

The following day, don’t start your routine right away.

  • For the first 24 hours, refrain from using a straw.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • After the tooth extraction, do not rinse for 24 hours, and only gently spit.
  • When you are lying down, raise your head using pillows.
  • Brush and floss your teeth like normal but avoid the extraction
  • Eat soft foods the day after the surgery, such as yogurt, pudding, and applesauce.
  • Eight ounces of warm water with a half-teaspoon of salt added will help you rinse your mouth after 24 hours.
  • You can gradually reintroduce other foods into your diet as you recover over the following few days.

Make an appointment to see us at Every Smile Dentistry as soon as possible if you have discomfort that doesn’t go away after several days or symptoms of an infection, such as fever, pain, or pus or drainage coming from the incision.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can always submit a contact request if you have more questions or email info@everysmile.co.za

At Every Smile Dentistry, we believe that you deserve a pain-free tooth removal experience. Here are a few tips for making sure your visit goes as smoothly as possible:

  1.  Come prepared. Bring a list of any medications you take, including over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, vitamins, and prescription drugs.
  2.  Floss before your appointment to make sure there’s no food stuck in between your teeth. This will help reduce gum irritation during the procedure!
  3.  If you have any questions about the procedure or if you’re feeling nervous about it at all, don’t hesitate to ask our dental team! We want you to feel comfortable with everything from start to finish so that we can make sure this is an enjoyable experience for both of us (and keep our patients coming back)!

After getting a tooth removed, there are some things you should and shouldn’t do.


  • Eat soft, mashed foods for the first few days after your procedure.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to keep your mouth and throat healthy.
  • If you are having trouble eating or drinking, you can use an over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen as directed by your dentist or doctor.


  • Try to chew on the opposite side of your mouth from where you had the tooth removed until your mouth has healed.

The length of time it takes to recover from a tooth extraction can vary depending on a number of factors, including the location and complexity of the extraction, the overall health of the individual, and whether any complications arise.

In general, it is normal to experience some discomfort, swelling, and bleeding for a few days after the procedure.

Pain and swelling can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and ice packs.

Stitches, if needed, may need to be removed after a week.

Most people are able to return to their normal activities within a few days, although strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least a week.

It is important to follow your dentist’s or oral surgeon’s instructions for post-operative care, which may include taking prescribed medications, avoiding certain foods, and rinsing with a special mouthwash.

Overall, the healing process can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks, depending on the individual.

If you have any concerns about your recovery from tooth extraction, it is best to consult with your dentist or oral surgeon.


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monde dyantyimonde dyantyi
11:10 16 Jul 23
I have been using Every Smile Dentistry for a while now. The service that I have received from the Doctors is very professional. Currently the only Dr that I use with them is Dr Somthunzi that is very patient with kids. Thank you for the excellent service Dr Somthunzi.
Janice MarriottJanice Marriott
13:54 15 Jun 23
If I could give 10 stars out of 5 - i would....the best experience i have had ever at a Dentis - Dr Somtumzi and her team are Angels-caring, professional, understanding and more....i am now 59 years old- had my 1st full set of upper dentures at the tender age of 19...which gives me 40 years of Denture Experience.....NEVER have i been treated with such dignity and grace - THANK YOU - in fact ....here are my 10 out of 5...**********
Malaika KuenaMalaika Kuena
11:40 10 Jun 23
Surgical tooth extraction was quick and painless. Thanks to Dr Mthunzi and her team in East London.
Bakhe GatyeniBakhe Gatyeni
13:09 02 Jun 23
Sesethu LeqelaSesethu Leqela
15:49 01 Jun 23
Today I went for braces consultation and the service that I received was beyond excellent,from the receptionist lady, dental nurse to Dr Zungu. He came up with many solutions on how we can tackle my issue and explained the process to the level of my understanding. Everyone at the branch is so welcoming 🙏 and super friendly/kind☺️. Please keep it up 💯!!!
Kimone BooysenKimone Booysen
08:29 16 May 23
The staff is sooo friendly. I have a big fear when it comes to dentists, but my dentist calmed me down so well and talked me through what she was going to do and what she was doing while busy. I had an infected tooth that she extracted. I felt no pain and it was over within seconds. I will definitely go back.
Soso MtiniSoso Mtini
14:01 21 Apr 23
We all dread appointments at the dentist but all my worries were put to rest by the lovely Dr Govender. She handled my tooth extraction with such great care and took time to explain the whole process. I appreciate her being so patient with me. Reception was warm and so helpful. Thank you to the whole team for being so professional and efficient.I can't wait to visit the dentist again!
ncediswa xeloncediswa xelo
11:24 12 Apr 23
Yesterday my daughter went for consultation. Wow she's lost of words explaining the Dr's friendliness, warm heart . It was our first visit I'm sold this is going to be our family dentist. Thank you all for your excellent customer service from the receptionist to assistants. Big up !!!!
Damaine JohnsonDamaine Johnson
09:13 20 Sep 22
Dentist knows what she's doing. I personally had my wisdom tooth extracted. Felt no pain at all during the extraction. Clean, professional and affordable. Thanks to the team at Every Smile Dentistry Selborne.
Leverne StrydomLeverne Strydom
17:54 26 Aug 21
I've been with the Dentistry for over two years now and I don't think I'll ever go to another dentist. Very clean and affordable too.I must say their customer service is exceptional!! From the receptionist to the Dr.I would recommend anybody to support Every Smile Dentistry!!
Bonisile NomanyaBonisile Nomanya
09:39 16 Oct 20
The service was exceptional! She explain every procedure throughout. She cleaned me and then removed the damaged one. I recommend Every Smile Dentistry.
Chesznokov ZunguChesznokov Zungu
11:31 20 Mar 20
I really appreciated the level of care and consideration from the staff. I experienced absolutely no pain and was kept comfortable at all times. I will definitely be going back🙂
Ziyanda CisheZiyanda Cishe
09:26 11 Apr 19
Today I had my teeth cleaned at Every Smile Dentistry. I just moved to East London so I was nervous about starting over with a new dentist. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and the dentist was very gentle and attentive. I recommend Every Smile Dentistry to everyone looking for a pleasant experience at the dentist! 🙂
promise sitholepromise sithole
13:49 05 Jul 23
I have to give credit to Musa, the Doctors assistant. He knows how to treat patients. Im not quite sure about the Doctor, she was not friendly at all. No greetings or whatsoever.
tumelo pitsitumelo pitsi
18:34 10 Jun 23
Wonderful place,my son took out about four of his teeth there.
Tshiamo MokoenaTshiamo Mokoena
13:35 05 Jun 23
Experience and treatment was great , Friendly staff, Excellent service.
hildah nhlekohildah nhleko
09:31 01 Jun 23
Did slimming wires and I lost 5kg in 6days...the service was exceptional..the Dr and her assistant were very friendly and explained the process...m very happy with their service...THANX EVERY SMILE DENTISTRY
Mamolefe Bavley MoagiMamolefe Bavley Moagi
08:45 22 May 23
Brought my boy who had a tooth ache got to say they have excellent service and they are very good with kids. Great work
Overall, they offer great service and they take care of their clients. They are all so nice and really kind, they made me feel less anxious and comfortable and would constantly ask whether or not I was ohk and comfortable during the procedure. I 1000% recommend this place!!
Perseverance ChaukePerseverance Chauke
15:25 30 Apr 23
The place is overall beautiful and the reception guys are too friendly. My only issue was the doctor. 1st she didn’t greet or introduce herself I had to ask the assistant what the Doctors name was. Also she was not patient with my son and seemed irritated most of the time. I however have to give thanks to Musa who was the assistant that guy is amazing and super patient he made my son super comfortable and explained every process to me and my son.
Nontsikelelo MpanzaNontsikelelo Mpanza
10:02 27 Mar 23
5 stars is not enough for the service in this place! Truly amazed, my daughter is the happiest girl and would definitely recommend these guys. Warmth welcome from entering till exist.
Tshego MnisiTshego Mnisi
07:43 25 Aug 22
I started my braces journey April 2021 and I must say an exceptional experience it was👌🏾. First and foremost my Orthodontist you really out did yourself Sir thank you. Assistant Doctor and the Receptionist thank you for the kind and warm atmosphere you brought.If you want 100% oral hygiene Every Smile is the place to go🙂
Kagiso NtsokoKagiso Ntsoko
04:23 24 Jun 21
My son and I received an exceptional service, from the lady at the reception, dentist and the assistant. Thank you for your manner of serving and please continue with the excellent service.
Takura MalabaTakura Malaba
01:27 09 Jun 21
Very affordable and professional service. Would definitely recommend.
sbusiso Cindisbusiso Cindi
05:08 15 May 21
The lady at reception is very friendly.. Her and Doctor Mphiwe are stars.. For all your dental needs these guys will sort you out 😊😊
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