Tooth Extraction St Leonards

Fast and painless tooth extraction

Do you have a nagging toothache that won’t go away? You may need a tooth extraction. 

At Honest Tooth Dental Care, we always aim to save your natural teeth whenever we can. But if a tooth is too damaged to be fixed with a root canal or filling, then tooth extraction is the best option to keep your mouth healthy for life.

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Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?

Tooth extractions are generally a last resort, but there are specific situations where they may become necessary such as:

Maintaining good oral hygiene—regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups—can help keep your teeth healthy and strong, reducing the need for extractions.

At Honest Tooth Dental Care, we provide tooth extractions for both children and adults. We always use local anaesthesia to ensure a pain-free experience. After an extraction, we’ll discuss options for filling the gap with natural-looking replacement teeth, like a fixed bridge or dental implants, to restore your smile.

If you’re anxious about seeing the dentist, we can help! Ask us about our sleep dentistry options to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

What Happens If I Delay Tooth Extraction?

Putting off necessary tooth extractions can lead to more pain, increased risk of infection, and potential complications that could affect the nearby teeth. It may even cause your neighbouring teeth to shift, impacting your bite and overall dental alignment. That’s why it’s best to deal with this problem sooner rather than later.

Our tooth extraction services will put an end to your discomfort, prevent further issues, and improve the overall health of your smile – allowing you to confidently show off your pearly whites in no time!

Why choose Honest Tooth Dental Care?

Experienced, Friendly Team

With over 45 years of experience in dentistry, our friendly staff will be with you at every stage of your treatment.

Accessible Location

We are conveniently located at Suite 99 (Ground Floor), 545 Pacific Highway, St Leonards NSW 2065. 

We also serve in Crows Nest, Naremburn, Cammeray, Wollstonecraft, Waverton, Greenwich, and nearby areas.

Innovative Technology

We take pride in using the latest dental technology and procedures for shorter treatment times and the best outcomes.

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Meet Our Team

Honest Tooth Dental Care Dentists

Our dentists are passionate about bringing the best dental experience to St Leonards.

That is why we’ve assembled a friendly and professional team that shares a passion for patient-centred dentistry.


Dr. Viki Karassellos

(Principal Dentist and Director)
Clinical Professor Alexander Holden

Clinical Professor Alexander Holden

Dr. Carlos Turk

Dr. Carlos Turk

(General Dentist)
Dr. Diana Arcila

Dr. Diana Arcila

(Dentist – Special Interest In Periodontics and Implants)

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Schedule your tooth extraction appointment with our compassionate dental team at Honest Tooth Dental Care. We prioritise your comfort and well-being throughout the extraction process, ensuring a gentle, stress-free experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you need a tooth to be removed, your dentist will usually give you a local anaesthetic to numb your mouth so you don’t feel pain. Your dentist will then use a special tool to loosen the tooth in the gum. Once the tooth is loose, they will remove it with forceps.

If your tooth extraction is more complicated, you might need to be given a general anaesthetic, which will put you to sleep.

After your tooth has been removed, your dentist will probably need to make sure the gum socket is clean. If you needed a cut in the gum during tooth removal, you might need a stitch to close the cut.

You might have some bleeding and if so, the dentist will usually ask you to bite down on a piece of gauze to stop the bleeding.

Once the anaesthetic wears off, you will probably have some pain. Your dentist might write you a prescription for pain relief medicine or recommend an over-the-counter medicine.

You’ll also probably be told to eat soft foods and chew on the unaffected side of your mouth for a while. Be careful not to bite your lip while it is numb. You should rest and avoid physical sports, smoking and drinking alcohol for the next 24 hours.

Usually, the wound will take 1 or 2 weeks to heal. However, contact your dentist if you have:

  • ongoing severe pain — this may be caused by a complication called dry socket
  • excessive bleeding
  • a fever

This will depend on your situation. Once the dentist has assessed your tooth they will explain any alternatives and their pros and cons.

If you have a tooth that needs to be extracted, but you choose to leave it untreated, there can be several negative consequences. Some of them are:

  1. Pain and Discomfort: If a tooth is infected, decayed or damaged, it can cause persistent pain and discomfort.
  2. Spread of Infection: If a tooth is infected, the infection can spread to other parts of the mouth and even the jaw, leading to more serious issues.
  3. Damage to Adjacent Teeth: If a damaged tooth is not removed, it can damage surrounding teeth, leading to more dental problems.
  4. Abscess Formation: If a tooth is not extracted, the infection can spread to the roots and form an abscess, causing severe pain and swelling.
  5. Impact on Oral Health: A damaged or infected tooth can impact the overall health of the mouth and lead to more serious dental problems.

It is important to see a dentist regularly and address any dental problems as soon as possible to avoid these consequences.

The cost of a tooth extraction varies and depends on several factors such as the type of extraction (simple or surgical), the patient’s insurance coverage, and the complexity of the procedure. You dentist will clearly explain all expected costs to you at your first visit.

We elevate the standard of dental care

As part of our commitment to providing the best possible treatment to our patients, we are active members of Professional Groups and Associations that raise the bar of quality in oral health care.

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Some of our accolades include:


Our clinic in St Leonards is also accredited by the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) through the Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) Private Dental Practice Accreditation program, ensuring top-quality care and patient safety.

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