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What is a Tooth Extraction?

While adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime, sometimes their removal is the best treatment option. There may be significant decay rendering it unrestorable, gum disease resulting in compromised support for the tooth, or a fracture extending below the gum line which cannot be repaired. Tooth extractions are sometimes required for orthodontic purposes, or if they can adversely affect other teeth or pose a risk of infection (wisdom teeth).

Tooth Extractions | Canterra Dental Centre | Downtown Calgary | General and Family Dentist
Tooth Extractions | Canterra Dental Centre | Downtown Calgary | General and Family Dentist

How do you remove an erupted tooth?

You may hear people talk about getting a tooth “pulled.” This is an unfortunate term, as we do not pull out teeth to remove them. If we did, we could damage the surrounding teeth, gums, and bone. If a tooth needs to be removed, we first thoroughly numb the surrounding area and then move the tooth from side to side until it is loose and easily able to lift out. Sometimes we will cut the tooth into two or more pieces to remove it safely, especially if it has several roots going in different directions.

What should I expect after a tooth is removed?

Every case is different, and after the tooth is removed your dentist will review with you what to expect. In general, a small amount of discomfort is normal right when the freezing wears off, and some patients will take ibuprofen or acetaminophen at that time. Bleeding or swelling is usually minimal, but your dentist can tell you what to expect with your specific case.

Some teeth are important for function or aesthetics. For example, the first molar tooth is very important for chewing; so not replacing could result in tooth drift and unbalanced bite. However, some other teeth, such as wisdom teeth, are rarely replaced. To ensure no surprises down the road, this is an issue that is addressed prior to tooth removal.

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Although tooth extractions are always a last resort, Canterra Dental Centre is pleased to offer the convenience of tooth extraction procedures when it becomes necessary or is recommended by your dentist.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Call Canterra Dental at (403) 237-6611 to set up your Tooth Extraction appointment today!

Our Mission

We are committed to maintaining a high standard of dentistry and to provide you with an efficient on-time experience. We believe in openly discussing and explaining your treatment options.

Our goal is to work directly with you to enhance your smile and your overall oral health.

Dr. Dennis Leung, DDS

Dr. Dennis Leung | Dentist | Canterra Dental Centre | Downtown Calgary | General and Family Dentist