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There are many different reasons why teeth need to be pulled. Whether it’s for a cosmetic treatment, or for the benefit of your oral health, it’s important to know the early warning signs so you can keep your smile healthy! At Walt Orthodontics, we want to be there for every step of the way, and provide you with the right information to ensure your smile stays healthy!

When Is It Time To Pull A Tooth??

A common reason teeth get pulled is periodontal disease. This is when a buildup of plaque and tartar occurs over time, and can lead to your gums receding. When this occurs, your teeth may become loose or even fall out. The best way to combat periodontal disease is to brush and floss your teeth the daily recommended amount and to book regular professional cleaning appointments with your dentist.

Another reason teeth may need to be extracted is due to untreated cavities. As a cavity lingers on your tooth, it can start to decay and eat at the root located underneath the crown. Once a tooth dies or becomes damaged beyond repair, it will be advised to remove the tooth to properly clean the area. It’s important to remember that your oral health is closely tied to your overall health! 

Sometimes Healthy Teeth Need To Be Pulled

For successful orthodontic treatment the teeth need to be aligned inside of the gum tissue and supporting bone. Unfortunately the size of the teeth and jaws are not correlated. It is very common to have big teeth and small jaws, which results in dental crowding. When possible we always try to make space for the teeth by either expansion of the back teeth or advancement of the front teeth. However, there is a point after which too much space creation results in the teeth being in an unhealthy and unstable position. In these situations, teeth (usually premolars) are removed as the strategy to create space. By doing so, the remaining teeth can be moved to a stable and healthy position. 

The hesitation in removing teeth which are considered healthy is totally understandable. The issue is that keeping them will result in an unhealthy situation for the other teeth – so the overall health of the bite and other teeth are considered in this decision. Each case is evaluated on an individual basis and many factors are considered.  

What Happens If The Tooth Is Not Extracted?

It’s important to remove teeth that have been severely damaged. If the tooth in question is not removed, it can create a build up of bacteria in your mouth the longer you wait. Not only can this be painful, but it can also hurt the neighbouring teeth and gums that surround it!

Other reasons patients may want a tooth extraction is due to crowding, as discussed above, or to make room for an incoming tooth. Although still essential for maintaining optimal oral health, this would not require as much immediate attention as a tooth affected by periodontal disease. The best option is to come in person, and let us professionally assess you. From here, we can make a custom treatment plan and get your beautiful smile under way!

Serving Vaughan and Toronto! 

Dr. Walt, Dr. Grossman and our dedicated team would love to meet you and your family! We have been proudly serving Vaughan and the GTA communities since 2013. We offer a variety of treatments like braces, Invisalign, and teeth whitening! Call us at 905-553-8666 or fill out our online contact form to book a consultation. We look forward to meeting you, and helping you achieve the smile of your dreams!

In-Person Consultation

Use our handy online scheduler below to choose the date and time that works best for your initial complimentary consultation appointment!

Please note that while initial orthodontic consultations are complimentary, if you recently completed orthodontic treatment or currently are in active appliances with another provider, seeking a replacement/repair for a retainer, or looking to schedule a second consult after your initial one there is a fee for the consultation. Please contact us for more information.

Alternatively, please contact our office directly by phone/text if you are trying to book multiple consultations at the same time or are seeking consultation further out than 12 weeks.

Please note – If none of the available times on our online scheduler work for you we do have other consultation times available. Please contact us directly for more information.

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When it comes to financing there’s no one size fits all solution. Likewise, there is no singular solution when it comes to financing. At LendCare, we get that and go deeper to understand your unique story and offer flexible options that work best for you, given your current financial situation. That means you get affordable financing, even if your credit is anything but top-tier.

Walt Orthodontics is pleased to offer interest-free payments up to 30 months. If you require payments over 30 months we are happy to offer the LendCare solution.


Dr. Walt received his dental (DDS) degree from the University of Western Ontario, graduating first in his class and receiving the Gold Medal as well as numerous awards recognizing his scholastic and clinical achievements, leadership and character. He then completed his orthodontic training at the University of Colorado, where he received both his Specialty Certificate and Master of Science Degree. During his residency, he was awarded the Rocky Mountain Orthodontics Scholarship for overall excellence.

After graduating from residency and opening Walt Orthodontics in 2013, Dr. Walt committed himself to applying his traditional orthodontic education into the digital world to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience. He currently serves as a Faculty Member, Key Opinion Leader, and Advisory Board Member for Align Technology which involves traveling around the world to teach other orthodontists about Invisalign. Being at the forefront of digital orthodontics, Dr. Walt was invited to be the first orthodontist in Canada to use custom LightForce braces. He also serves as an Orthodontic Coach/Mentor for other orthodontists looking to improve their knowledge of digital orthodontics.

In addition to practicing orthodontics, Dr. Walt is a “die-hard” Blue Jays fan and enjoys working out in his spare time.


Dr. Stephanie Grossman pursued her dental degree in sunny South Florida at Nova Southeastern University. She graduated with honours, at the top of her class, and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honour Society. She then completed her orthodontic training at the University of Detroit Mercy, where she received both a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science degree. She is both a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Dr. Grossman strives to provide the highest standard of orthodontic care for her patients. She attends numerous hours of continuing education and utilizes the latest advancements in orthodontics. Dr. Grossman is licensed to practice in both the United States and Canada.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Grossman enjoys spending time with her friends and family and traveling the world. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves trying new restaurants!