Tooth Extraction in Downtown Calgary 

It may be necessary to extract your tooth if you are experiencing extreme sensitivity or are suffering from advanced periodontal disease as a result of your dental problem. Usually, a dentist is able to safely remove a tooth that is affected by an infection by doing a simple extraction instead of doing a major procedure.

Extraction of teeth: Reasons for doing so

An extraction can provide pain relief and help you prepare for another cosmetic or restorative procedure in a number of situations when a simple extraction can help alleviate your pain.

The following are some of the most common reasons why people undergo extractions:

  • The roots of the teeth have been loosened by advanced periodontal disease
  • There are extra teeth or baby teeth that impede the development of adult teeth
  • The process of preparing a patient for orthodontic treatment
  • In the case of a fractured or malformed tooth, the tooth must be removed
  • There may be severe decay on the teeth that cannot be treated with a root canal treatment

What is the process of extracting a tooth?

In order to plan the procedure for the extraction of the tooth, the dentist will first take X-rays of the tooth or teeth in question in order to be prepared. You will be given a local anesthetic after a method of extraction has been prepared. This anesthetic will prevent you from feeling pain during the extraction procedure. As part of the next step, the dentist will use a tool called an elevator to raise the tooth and loosen the ligaments and gum tissue around the base of the tooth so that it can be repositioned. Lastly, the dentist will use a pair of forceps to gently rock the tooth back and forth until it is freed from the ligaments that are holding it within the gum tissue with the aid of a pair of forceps. In some cases, a stubborn tooth may resist the dentist’s gentle tug and refuse to come out, despite the dentist’s best efforts. To remove the tooth in these cases and in more complex ones, the tooth may have to be broken up into smaller pieces before being removed. 

It is recommended that you keep the gauze in the socket for a while following the removal of the teeth. Once the teeth have been taken out, you will need to bite on the area in order to apply pressure to the socket. In order to close the socket, the dentist may use stitches if necessary.

It is important to contact our office if you are sick the week before your scheduled extraction or on the day of your extraction, as alternative arrangements may need to be made if you are unwell. In case of any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch with us.

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