Tooth Extractions

Tooth Extractions in Calgary, AB

Many dental treatments focus on repair and restoration. However, there are instances when getting rid of a tooth is preferred. When this is the case, our dentists in Calgary, AB may recommend dental extraction.

Reasons for Tooth Extraction

Our dentists near you may suggest removing a tooth for any of the reasons listed below:

  • The tooth is significantly decayed or damaged and completely irreparable.
  • You have crowded teeth and need orthodontic treatment. Removing one or several teeth makes room for the remaining teeth to reposition themselves.
  • You’re about to undergo major treatment, e.g., organ transplant or chemotherapy and have a tooth that’s at a high risk of infection. Removing the tooth lowers your risk of experiencing dental problems down the road.
  • Your teeth are loose. Patients with loose teeth resulting from periodontal disease need to have them removed.


Simple or non-surgical extractions are the most common type of dental extractions. To perform a simple extraction, the dentist begins by administering anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding regions. Next, the dentist loosens the tooth using a dental elevator. Using a pair of forceps, the dentist grabs the tooth from its tooth socket. Finally, the dentist places a gauze pad at the extraction site to minimize bleeding.

After removing the tooth, the dentist sutures the incision and places a gauze pad at the extraction site.

Healing and Recovery

On average, it takes a week to 10 days to heal and recover after tooth extraction. During this time, you must exercise caution to facilitate the healing process. Clean your mouth gently, stay away from strenuous exercise and use any prescribed medication as instructed. If you’re experiencing worsening pain after tooth extraction, reach out to East Hills Dental Clinic immediately.