What is a tooth extraction?
A tooth is surgically removed during a tooth extraction. At Markham Steeles Dental Centre, we always take a preventive, minimally invasive approach to treatment; as a result, we only remove teeth when a damaged tooth endangers the health of your mouth's other teeth.
This procedure is commonly referred to as getting a tooth pulled and may be considered a dental emergency.
Why would I need a tooth extraction?
Tooth extractions are something our Scarborough dentists try to avoid doing because missing teeth can lead to other costly and time-consuming dental problems. However, the procedure may be required in some circumstances. Here are some examples:
The tooth is severely infected or decayed
For a tooth with a small cavity, we can use a filling to restore its function and appearance if the decay is caught early enough.
A root canal and/or crown may not be able to restore a tooth to its pre-decay condition if it has advanced and resulted in a severe infection, leaving extraction as the only available treatment option.
The tooth has endured severe damage or fractured
An instantaneous mouth injury, such as one sustained while participating in sports or during a fall, can lead to a broken, chipped, or knocked-out tooth. This is not only uncomfortable, but it is also more prone to infection and decay.
Additionally, a fractured tooth with jagged edges can cause harm to your mouth’s inner tissues, including your lips, tongue and cheeks. Your dentist may need to pull it and replace the tooth with a dental implant or other treatment.
Your teeth are crowded
Some teeth may erupt at different times, resulting in disproportionate growth. It’s also possible that a tooth has shifted into the wrong position or become misaligned.
Whatever the cause, crowded teeth can hurt and are more prone to decay because they are more difficult to keep clean. You might begin to experience jaw pain. Your dentist might advise having the tooth extracted.
Gum disease has led to loose teeth
Advanced periodontal disease (gum disease) can cause teeth to become loose and fall out. Although our Scarborough dentists make every effort to prevent you from losing teeth to decay or disease, when teeth become loose, extraction may be the only available treatment.
What can I do if my tooth needs to be pulled?
If your dentist does have to perform a tooth extraction, you have a few tooth replacement options after the procedure is complete. Depending on your specific case, your dentist may recommend a dental crown, dental bridge, dentures or dental implants.
We at Markham Steeles Dental Centre take the time to thoroughly explain procedures and treatment options, as well as the rationale behind our recommendations. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have questions about any symptoms or possible treatments.