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About Extractions

An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. Extractions are sometimes necessary if:

  • a primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth
  • the tooth has suffered extensive tooth decay or trauma that cannot be repaired
  • the patient has gum disease
  • the tooth is impacted (usually the wisdom teeth)
  • there is no room for orthodontic treatment or the placement of an implant

Depending on the complexity of the case, an extraction can be performed surgically or non-surgically. A mild anesthesia is used to ensure the patient is as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.

Types of Extractions

  • Simple Extractions – Typically done with local anesthesia, simple extractions are performed on teeth in the mouth that you can see. The tooth is gripped with forceps and moved back and forth until it is loose. Once loosened, the tooth usually comes out easily.
  • Surgical Extractions – Usually performed with both local anesthesia and general anesthesia, surgical extractions occur when the tooth has broken off or has not erupted yet (typically wisdom teeth). The gum is usually cut and pulled back in order to see the surgical area. The tooth is then removed.