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Teeth Extractions

Reasons for Pulling Teeth

Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged to be repaired, either from trauma or decay.

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Other reasons can include:

A crowded mouth: Sometimes dentists pull teeth to prepare the mouth for orthodontics. The goal of orthodontics is to properly align the teeth, which may not be possible if your teeth are too big for your mouth. Likewise, if a tooth cannot break through the gum (erupt) because there is no room for it, we may also recommend pulling it.

Infection: If tooth decay or damage extends to the pulp - which is the centre of the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels - bacteria in the mouth can enter the pulp, leading to infection. Often this can be corrected with root canal therapy but if the infection is so severe that antibiotics or root canal treatment does not cure it, an extraction may be needed to prevent the infection spreading and compromising other teeth.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease: If periodontal disease - an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth - have caused teeth to become loose and is at an advanced stage, then it may be necessary to the pull the tooth or teeth.

What to Expect With Tooth Extractions

Our specialist surgeon performs tooth extractions. Before pulling the tooth, we will make you very comfortable by giving you sedation and offering a warm fleece blanket. After a short time, we will numb the area where the tooth is to be removed.

Once the tooth has been pulled, blood will often form in the socket. We will pack a gauze pad into the socket and have you gently bite down on it to help that stop. Sometimes we will place a few stitches - usually self-dissolving - to close the gum edges over the extraction site.