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We work hard to help you keep your teeth healthy and strong for life, but there are certain circumstances and conditions that may make a tooth extraction the most effective option available for improving your oral health.

A tooth extraction may be beneficial for patients who have a crowded mouth, are victims of severe tooth infection, have a high risk of infection, suffer from advanced periodontal disease, or have a tooth that has been significantly damaged by decay and is beyond the point of saving.

The process of pulling a tooth involves Dr. Nathalie Dowsett numbing the area surrounding the tooth with a local anesthetic. Once the tooth is numb, the dentist will cut away any gum or bone tissue that holds the tooth. Next, she will grasp the tooth with forceps and gently rock the tooth back and forth, allowing the tooth to loosen from the jawbone and ligaments that hold it in place. If the tooth is hard to pull, it may be removed in pieces.

Following the tooth extraction, it is important the socket be properly irrigated, and the periodontal ligament is removed. This involves the thorough scraping and cleaning of the bone to prevent cavitation from occurring.

We recommend that you take special care of your smile following the tooth extraction in Calgary, Alberta. Once the tooth is pulled, a blood clot forms in the socket. If you do not take proper care of the extraction site, the clot might break loose and expose the bone in the socket, which is called dry socket. This is a very painful issue, and we encourage you to come into the office right away if this happens.

For patients who suffer from fear and anxiety when visiting the dentist or who are nervous about their tooth extraction, we offer sedation dentistry to help you fully relax during your dental procedure. Please contact our office for further inquiries.