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Tooth extractions

At St. Catharines Downtown Dental Centre our professional dental team offers a large variety of dental services. If a tooth has become broken, loosened, or damaged by decay, our dentist will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other appropriate dental treatment. However, sometimes there's too much damage for the tooth to be repaired, in which case a tooth extraction may need to be performed. A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. The following is a list reasons that our dentist will perform a tooth extraction:

  • If you have extra teeth that block other teeth from coming in.
  • If you have baby teeth that don't fall out in time to allow permanent teeth to come in.
  • If you are getting braces you may need teeth extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place.
  • If you are receiving radiation to the head and neck you may need to have a tooth extraction.
  • If you are receiving cancer drugs you may develop infected teeth (due to a weakened immune system), in which case they may need to be extracted.
  • Your teeth are a source of infection after an organ transplant (due to drugs that may cause a weakened immune system).
  • If you have wisdom teeth that are decayed, infected, have cysts, cause pain or are impacted.

If you expect to have treatment with intravenous drugs called bisphosphonates for a medical condition, be sure to see our dentist first. If any teeth need to be extracted, this should be done before your drug treatment begins, as having a tooth extracted after bisphosphonate treatment increases the risk of osteonecrosis (death of bone) in the jaw.

At Downtown Dental Centre in St. Catharines, our dentist offers two types of tooth extractions:

Simple extraction

This type of tooth extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. Typically a general anesthetic is administered.

Surgical extraction

This type of tooth extraction is performed if a tooth has broken off at the gum line, or has not come into the mouth yet (such as a wisdom tooth). A general anesthetic and/or intravenous anesthetic will be administered.

Regardless of what type of tooth extraction you have, both are considered a form of surgery. You can expect some mild discomfort after even simple tooth extractions. Our dentist will advise you on pain management. Here at Downtown Dental Centre we ensure that the tooth extractions we perform are as painless and effortless as possible. Our experienced dental team cares about our patients in and around St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland, and Thorold, and always makes sure to give them the results they want. You can count on us for all of your dental services. Call us today to learn more about tooth extractions, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have!



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