Tooth Extractions - Toronto Dentist Dr. Yolanda Cruz

Tooth Extractions

Tooth Extractions at the Dental Offices of Dr. Yolanda Cruz

Tooth extractions are a dental procedure where a tooth is removed from its socket.  Tooth extraction may be necessary for a number of reasons: to remove irreparable, broken or decayed teeth, to remove teeth loosened by advanced periodontal disease, to make room in a crowded mouth for orthodontia or to remove an infected tooth that can not be cured with root canal therapy or antibiotics.


Procedure On Removing A Tooth

First, Dr. Cruz will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. Additionally, if you have anxiety about the procedure, Dr. Cruz can offer you dental sedation, which will put you at ease.  Next, Dr. Yolanda Cruz will use a dental instrument called an elevator to wiggle and loosen the tooth in its socket. Finally, after the tooth is loosened, it is removed using forceps.


Replacing the Missing Tooth

If it is necessary to have a tooth pulled, Dr. Yolanda Cruz recommends that a replacement tooth should be placed as soon as possible. Once a tooth is removed, the space created by the missing tooth will result in surrounding teeth to shift into that space. This shift could cause a misalignment in your mouth, resulting in chewing problems or or jaw-joint problems such as TMJ. Misaligned teeth are often harder to clean.  As a result, the teeth are more susceptible to gum disease, decay or even additional tooth loss. Therefore, it’s important to replace the tooth with a dental appliance such as a bridge, a removable partial denture or an implant.  Schedule a consult at one of our Toronto dental offices today: Downtown office 416-595-5490 or Etobicoke office 647-370-5950.