When the Tooth Has to be Pulled Out

Despite all efforts to preserve the patient’s teeth, they cannot always be saved. If decay- or periodontitis-inducing bacteria are involved, they can quickly reach the substance of the affected tooth. Oftentimes if this is the case, the tooth has to come out! Along with severe decay and advanced periodontitis, also known as pyorrhoea, root fractures, accidental tooth damage, and infections of the dental nerves and the surrounding bone can result in tooth loss. If a tooth has to be extracted, you are in good hands at our dental clinic in Egerkingen.

How is a tooth extracted?


We take a special X-ray before extracting the tooth. This allows your oral surgeon to assess the distance from important anatomical neighbouring structures, the shape of the dental roots, and the condition of the jaw bone accordingly. The operation is usually performed under local anaesthesia.

Depending on the situation and the severity of the case, various methods and instruments are used. We rely on tried-and-true oral surgery methods for damaged crowns or teeth that have broken off toward the bottom.

What should you remember after a tooth extraction?

You should not consume food or drinks for a few hours after treatment. Coffee and black tea are also taboo in the first 24 hours. You should let your body rest and avoid any physical strain for the first day after the operation in particular. Regular cooling pads from the supermarket or your pharmacy help against swelling. You can support the healing of the wound through diligent oral hygiene.

No room for extra teeth

Some people have more teeth than usual. In medical jargon this phenomenon is referred to as hyperdontia. This usually describes additional teeth in the upper jaw, in direct proximity to the incisors. Even though the superfluous teeth are fully intact, they fall victim to the forceps regardless. The pulling of teeth may also be required during prosthetic treatment.