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Dental Negligence Compensation Solicitors - Tooth Extraction


Whenever a tooth is severely damaged or permanently infected, it must be extracted by a dentist or oral surgeon. An extraction is carried out whenever a tooth cannot be saved. Tooth extractions leave the tooth socket area blank until a tooth implant or a dental bridge is put in its place.

Our specialist solicitors offer dental negligence advice relating to tooth extraction at no cost. We operate the no win no fee* scheme and all claims are totally risk free.

Tooth Extraction

The dentist will numb up the area where the tooth extraction will take place. Sometimes a general anesthetic or sedation is used if the person needs multiple extractions or is very anxious about the extraction. The tooth is removed using special tools. After the extractions, stitches may occasionally need to be used to seal the hole. You may be asked to bite down on a gauze pad in order to stop the bleeding. An implant, bridge or denture may be placed in order to have something in place of the healed socket.

Heart Problems

Tooth extractions may need to be done to help your heart. While there is some debate about this, it is felt that, if there is infection in the teeth area or in the gums, this can lead to heart disease. This is one of the reasons why extractions for infected teeth may need to be performed if there is no antibiotic or other procedure to cure the problem.


Removing a tooth can keep infection from spreading to other parts of the mouth. In some cases, the removal of a tooth can cause infection to spread temporarily to the bloodstream if the socket becomes infected. Some people with heart conditions must take antibiotics before and after the extraction to prevent bacteria from settling to a heart valve. Those with heart defects or artificial heart valves especially need antibiotics around the time of an extraction or they have an increased likelihood of a heart infection. Ideally, teeth extractions need to be done as soon as it is clear that the tooth cannot be saved. This keeps infection at bay and helps clear up the problem before it gets out of hand and causes a worsened abscess or damage to alveolar bone.

Dental Negligence Solicitors

Our specialist medical negligence solicitors are all members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of clinical negligence experts and deal with dental negligence claims using the no win no fee* scheme. We operate the no win no fee* scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. For children or those on a low income it may also be possible to obtain Legal Aid which always concentrates dental negligence insurers minds on settlement. To talk to a specialist lawyer about a dentist or a dental problem just use the helpline, complete the contact form or email us and we'll arrange a call-back to discuss no win no fee* or legal adid at a convenient time.


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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here