Simple Tooth Extractions

Simple Tooth Extractions

There are several reasons a person may be required to have a tooth extracted.  A simple extraction can safely remove the affected tooth usually 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 a cosmetic or restorative procedure.  Some common reasons for extraction include:

  • Advanced periodontal disease.
  • Severely decayed teeth (not enough sound tooth structure remaining for restoration).
  • Extra teeth. 
  • Root fractures.
  • Retained baby teeth that impede adult teeth from erupting normally.
  • Preparing a patient for orthodontic treatment.
  • Malformed teeth. 
  • Root canal therapy is not an option due to severe tooth destruction. 

How is a tooth extracted?

An x-ray(s) of the tooth or teeth in question will be taken to help plan the extraction procedure.   A local anesthetic will be given that will prevent you from feeling pain during the procedure.  An instrument called an elevator will be used to loosen the gum tissue and ligaments around the base of the tooth.  A pair of dental forceps will then be used to gently rock the tooth back and forth until the ligaments holding the tooth in the gum tissue and jaw bone are severed.  In more complex cases, the tooth may need to be split into smaller pieces for removal.  

Once the tooth is removed, gauze will be placed to cover the extraction socket and the patient will place pressure on the area by biting down.  Stitches may be placed if necessary to close the extraction socket. Antibiotic or pain medication prescriptions if needed will be given.

Detailed instructions will be given on how to care for the extraction site. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.