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Extracting a tooth is not performed unless there is a really good reason. Normally, extraction is done because the tooth is so badly damaged it’s impossible to restore. This can happen in a trauma, such as a blow to the face or tooth decay.

There are other reasons why your dentist at Burlington, Ontario may decide it is in the interests of a patient to have a tooth extracted. A crowded mouth is one of these and if a patient has teeth that are too large and they are causing other teeth to become misshapen it might be a good idea to have a tooth extracted to make room for the remaining teeth. The teeth can then be correctly aligned using orthodontic braces.

Extraction because of decay or infection

If an infection has spread to the pulp of a tooth, which is in its centre, the only solution may be to extract the tooth if a root canal or antibiotics are unable to provide a solution. Similarly, with periodontal disease or gum disease, if teeth have become loose due to its effects then complete removal of the tooth may be necessary.

Procedures used in extraction

An extraction is normally performed by your dentist in Burlington, Ontario. Before the event the patient will be administered with a local anaesthetic which numbs the affected area. If it is necessary to extract more than a single tooth, or it is an impacted tooth, the dentist may administer a general anaesthetic so that the patient sleeps throughout the event.

With an impacted tooth, the dentist may need to cut away bone tissue that the tooth is embedded in and some of the gum as well. By using a pair of forceps, the dentist will grip the tooth firmly and move it to and fro until it becomes loose and is easy to release from the ligaments and jawbone that keep it firmly in place. Not all teeth are easy to extract as complete teeth and the dentist may only be able to complete the extraction by breaking off bits at a time.