Tooth Extraction

Patient Education Resource

Chicago Dental Smiles serves these neighborhoods from our downtown Chicago dentist office: The Loop, Streeterville, River North, Near West Loop, Near South Loop, Lakeshore East, Gold Coast, Old Town and Lincoln Park.


Your downtown Chicago dentist, Mohit Joshi, DDS

Your permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime but sometimes things don’t work out the way they should. There are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired. When this occurs, Dr. Joshi will recommend tooth extraction and follow up treatment to restore your smile.


Your downtown Chicago dentist, Mohit Joshi, DDS

Several factors can contribute to needing a tooth extraction. These can include:

  • A crowded mouth: Sometimes we need to pull teeth to prepare your mouth for orthodontia (braces, Invisalign, Six Month Smiles). The goal of orthodontics is to properly align your teeth, which sometimes isn’t possible if teeth are too large for your mouth. Additionally, if a tooth cannot break through the gum and take it’s rightful place in your mouth because of lack of room, Dr. Joshi may recommend pulling it.
  • Infection: If tooth decay or damage extends to the pulp, bacteria in the mouth can enter the pulp, leading to infection or abscess. Most times this can be corrected with root canal therapy, but if the infection is so severe that antibiotics or root canal therapy do not cure it, extraction may be needed to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Risk of infection: If your immune system is compromised, even the risk of infection in a particular tooth may be reason enough to pull the tooth.
  • Periodontal (Gum) Disease: If periodontal disease — an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth — have caused loosening of the teeth, it may be necessary to the pull the tooth or teeth.