Types of Dental Extractions

Types of Dental Extractions

Posted by Stonegate Family Dentistry on Jun 28 2022, 01:16 PM

Types of Dental Extractions

Tooth extraction refers to the removal of a tooth from the jawbone. Sometimes, teeth are removed in preparation for orthodontic treatment. Other times, extraction is performed because a tooth cannot be saved in the mouth. Tooth extraction is a common dental procedure, with millions of extractions performed each year. 

Other times, teeth need to be removed because they are in the way of other teeth. This often happens when a wisdom tooth is impacted.

Simple Extractions

Simple extractions consist of the removal of teeth that cannot be easily accessed or seen, like wisdom teeth. A simple extraction is performed under local anesthetic and possibly sedation.

For teeth that are visible, a simple extraction is performed with a dental handpiece. The tooth is loosened and then pressure is applied to remove it. Often, a simple extraction involves cutting an incision into the gumline to access the tooth.

Surgical Extractions

Surgical extractions, also known as surgical removal of teeth, are procedures your dentist performs when a tooth is severely damaged and cannot be repaired. A dentist may perform surgical extractions when a tooth is stuck or impacted, has not erupted through the gums, or is fractured below the gum line.

A dentist may recommend surgical extraction if:

- a tooth is impacted and cannot erupt through the gums

- a tooth has decayed extensively

- a tooth is fractured below the gum line

- a patient is a candidate for the tooth to be extracted

A surgical extraction is usually performed under a local anesthetic. However, a local anesthetic may not be needed if the patient is undergoing the procedure to remove impacted wisdom teeth. The gums will be pulled back so that the impacted tooth can be torn free and removed.

What To Expect After An Extraction?

Immediately after your extraction, you should rest, eat soft foods, and avoid strenuous activity. Most patients can return to work or school the next day, but if your job is physically demanding, you may want to take a few more days before returning to work.

After an extraction, the dentist will schedule a post-operative appointment to examine the extraction site and may prescribe antibiotics or pain medication, if necessary.

To learn more about dental extractions, call Stonegate Family Dentistry at (615) 624-6919 to book an appointment. You can also visit us at 206 A N Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro, TN 37129.

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