What is a tooth extraction?
We surgically remove a tooth during a tooth extraction. We always take a preventive, non-invasive approach to treatment at Northgate Dental Centre, and thus only perform tooth extractions when a damaged tooth threatens the health of the other teeth in your mouth.
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?
Our Burnaby dentists prefer to avoid tooth extractions because missing teeth can lead to other dental health problems that are expensive and time-consuming to treat. However, in some cases, the procedure is required. Here are a few 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.
However, suppose decay has advanced and caused a severe infection. In that case, it may be difficult or impossible to restore to its original condition with a root canal and/or crown, leaving extraction as the only alternative treatment method.
The tooth has endured severe damage or fractured
A sudden injury to the mouth - such as while playing sports or during a fall – can result in a broken, chipped or knocked-out tooth. Not only is this painful, but it is also more vulnerable to infection and decay.
Furthermore, a fractured tooth with jagged edges can harm the inner tissues of your mouth, including your lips, tongue, and cheeks. Your dentist may have to extract it and replace it with a dental implant or another 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 be painful and more prone to decay because they are difficult to keep clean. Your jaw may begin to hurt. Your dentist may advise you to have the tooth extracted.
Gum disease has led to loose teeth
Advanced gum disease (periodontal disease) can lead to loose teeth and tooth loss. Though our Burnaby dentists do everything in their power to help you avoid losing teeth to decay or disease, when teeth become loose the only treatment option may be extraction.
What can I do if my tooth needs to be pulled?
If your dentist has to perform a tooth extraction, you have a few tooth replacement options after the procedure. Depending on your specific case, your dentist may recommend a dental crown, dental bridge, dentures or dental implants.
At Northgate Dental Centre, we take the time to explain procedures and treatment options in detail and why we are recommending them. Don’t hesitate to contact us for advice concerning symptoms or potential treatments.