Simple Tooth Extractions
If you are experiencing extreme sensitivity or are suffering from advanced
periodontal disease, you may be required to have a tooth extracted. With a
simple extraction, the dentist can safely remove the affected tooth without
the need for major surgery.
Reasons for a tooth extraction
There are numerous situations in which a simple extraction can help alleviate
pain or prepare you for another cosmetic or restorative procedure. Some common
reasons for extraction include:
- Advanced periodontal disease that has loosened the tooth roots
- Extra teeth or baby teeth that impede adult teeth
- Preparing a patient for orthodontic treatment
- Removing a fractured or malformed tooth
- Severe tooth decay which cannot be remedied with root canal therapy
How is a tooth extracted?
As a precaution, the dentist will first take X-rays of the tooth or teeth in
question, to help plan the procedure. After preparing a method of extraction,
you will be given a local anesthetic that will prevent you from feeling pain
during the procedure. Next, the dentist will use a tool called an elevator to
lift the tooth and loosen ligaments and gum tissue around the base of the
tooth. Finally, the dentist will use a pair of forceps, to gently rock the
tooth back and forth until it breaks free of the ligaments holding it in the
gum tissue. Occasionally, a stubborn tooth will resist the dentist’s soft tug,
refusing to come out. In these and more complex cases, the tooth may need to
be broken up into smaller pieces for removal.
Once removed, we will pack gauze into the socket and have you place pressure
on the area by biting down. If necessary, the dentist will place stitches to
close the socket.
If you are sick the week prior to your scheduled extraction or on the day of,
please contact our office, as alternative arrangements may need to be made.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.