Sometimes it is necessary to remove a tooth.
Reasons include abscess, very large decay, fracture of the tooth, a baby tooth that won’t loosen, or even a tooth that is too out of alignment. Our dentists take the decision to advise removal of a tooth very seriously, as our goal is to help our patients keep their teeth in good health for as long as possible.
Depending on the location of the tooth, the shape of the root, the amount of bone around it, and the overall health and sedation needs of the patient, the dentist will advise if the tooth can be removed in our office or if a referral to an oral surgeon is needed. Though tooth extractions seem routine, each case is treated with a lot of care as it is surgery and carries risks; and once it is done, it is not reversible.
After a tooth is extracted, it can take several weeks for the socket to close up, and many months for complete healing to occur. The most common problems that occur after a tooth is removed is infections (proper hygiene and not smoking reduces this risk), bleeding (you are given instructions on what to do if this occurs; as well, patients on blood thinners are managed carefully), and adjacent teeth or teeth opposing the area can shift and change the alignment of your teeth and your bite. In most cases, it is advisable to replace a missing tooth as soon as possible, and often, dental implants can be placed at the same time as when the tooth is removed.