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A dental extraction, is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed enough of the tooth structure preventing restoration. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are also routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment.

The most common reason for extracting a tooth is due to breakage or decay. Some other possible reasons for tooth extractions are as follows:

  • Extra teeth which are preventing other teeth from coming in.
  • Severe gum disease which can affect the tissues and bone structures of the teeth.
  • Severe tooth decay or infection.
  • In preparation for orthodontic treatment
  • Insufficient space for wisdom teeth

We perform two types of extractions: “Simple” or “Surgical”.

Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth. A local anesthetic is administered and usually requires only the use of instruments to elevate and/or grasp the visible portion of the tooth. Typically the tooth is easily removal and comes out without any breakage.

Surgical extractions involve the removal of teeth that cannot be easily accessed, either because they have broken under the gumline or because they have not fully erupted. Local anesthetic is administered and usually requires more effort in removing the tooth. Frequently, the tooth may be split into multiple pieces in order to facilitate its removal.

Post operative instructions are always given after every extraction and in some cases medications are prescribed.

*If the tooth is impacted, (under the gum tissue), we will refer the patient to an oral surgeon where they have the option to use general anesthetic. We do not perform extractions on teeth that are fully impacted.

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