Calgary Tooth Extraction
While dentists prefer to avoid performing tooth extractions whenever possible, it is a procedure that many will experience at one point or another. Fortunately, this common procedure can be performed quickly, efficiently, and with minimal discomfort.
Many teens and some adults will have their wisdom teeth removed, but there are several other reasons that an extraction might be required. They include:
Teeth may sometimes be pulled in preparation for braces. If there is not enough room in your mouth, it may not be possible to align your teeth properly, requiring the removal of one or more teeth. Likewise, if there is not enough room for a new tooth to erupt through the gums, an extraction may be recommended by your dentist.
Tooth decay may sometimes extend to the pulp of the tooth, where nerves and blood vessels are located. Bacteria entering the pulp can lead to an infection that is typically corrected with root canal therapy (RCT), but if the infection is so severe that RCT and antibiotics prove ineffective, extraction may be called for.
Preventing Possible Infection
In some cases, immune-compromised patients (such as those receiving chemotherapy or an organ transplant) may have a tooth extracted when there is the risk of infection in the tooth. Similarly, if a tooth has loosened due to periodontal (gum) disease, it may be necessary to extract it.