Tooth Extractions in Calgary

A tooth extraction can get you relief from pain fast

Sometimes the only option is to remove a tooth. We know this might seem daunting, but we’re here to make the process as stress-free and painless as possible. Don’t suffer from dental pain unnecessarily.

When all other options are exhausted, tooth removal might be your best option

Throughout the tooth extraction process, we’ll keep you informed and comfortable, so you can focus on getting back to your life without the distraction and trouble of tooth pain. There are many reasons you may need tooth removal in Calgary, including:

  • Tooth decay and abscess
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth is fractured beyond repair
  • To make space for orthodontics
  • To fix poor alignment / placement of teeth
  • To extract your wisdom teeth

Dental pain does not go away on its own

If you’re in pain and think you may need a tooth extracted, don’t put it off! Your dental pain might subside, but this can mean your issue, such as a tooth infection, is getting worse. Get in touch with our team and book a consultation with Dr. Newman to have your situation assessed.

If you’re in pain, it’s considered a dental emergency.


Forget everything you thought you knew about tooth extractions


You might hear it referred to as getting a tooth “pulled” but there is no pulling involved. Pulling out a tooth would damage the jaw, your remaining teeth and gum tissue. That’s the last thing we want! Instead, we typically approach this by gently rocking the tooth back and forth until it is loose enough to be lifted out. The procedure is not painful, as one may assume, and anaesthetics are always used. The result is actually immediate relief from your existing discomfort. Restoration options will also be discussed with you, to find a long-term solution that best matches your individual situation.


The dental extraction procedure in detail

Your first tooth extraction can be scary, so here’s everything you can expect to encounter during your appointment with Dr. Newman.

A good number of tooth removal patients in Calgary are visiting Dr. Newman for the first time because they are in pain, and perhaps this describes you as well. The last thing we want is for you to delay treatment, so we guarantee an understanding and calm environment so you can get the help you need.

When you delay treatment, you might notice the pain subsides after a while. This isn’t a sign that your dental abscess is getting better, but a sign that it is getting worse. When the infected dental pulp dies, the nerve endings die too. This might stop the pain, but the infection is still present and can cause even more trouble. If a root canal isn’t an option, removing a tooth may be required.

To start the tooth removal process, Dr. Newman will use a local anesthetic to numb the area. When this has had a chance to take effect, the procedure can begin. With no drills in sight, Dr. Newman will begin to move the tooth back and forth, loosening the roots. This could take between 30 seconds and 5 minutes, depending on the location of the tooth. No matter how long it takes, you won’t feel any pain.

When the tooth is loose, it can be lifted out of the socket. This procedure will minimize damage to the jawbone, surrounding teeth and gum tissue. When the anesthetic wears off later, you might experience a little pain. This can be controlled with over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen. The socket will heal in 7-10 days.

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We’ve answered the most frequently asked dental extraction questions