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Chad M. Boustany D.D.S., M.S.

Understanding The Different Types Of Dental Extractions

Posted on 8/21/2023 by Dr. Boustany
Understanding The Different Types Of Dental ExtractionsDoctors recommend a tooth extraction in cases of decay, fracture, crowded teeth, or severe tooth injury. A tooth extraction is a common dental treatment procedure that aims at eliminating bacteria and cavities. In the long run, a tooth extraction will ensure that your overall dental health is well taken care of.

Simple Tooth Extraction

Just like the name suggests, simple tooth extraction is as straightforward as it can be. With the help of local anesthesia, the dentist numbs the target area and pulls out the tooth with the available dental tools. Simple tooth extractions are ideal if the tooth is clearly visible and can be hauled easily. After numbing, the dentist slackens the tooth first with an elevator before pulling it out with a pair of forceps. Simple tooth extractions do not require stitches. This is because no incisions or cuts are made on the gum tissue. Simple extractions recover fasters and are also easier to manage. One day off work or school is sufficient to have the extraction done and you can go back to your normal routine.

Surgical Tooth Extraction

Surgical tooth extractions come in handy for more complicated cases. For instance, if the damage has caused a breach in the gums, then surgical extraction is the most suitable option. Doctors also use surgical extractions for situations where the tooth is not visible. This includes wisdom and unerupted teeth for a scenario where the patient needs braces. During surgical extractions, doctors make incisions in the gum tissue to access the tooth.

Depending on the extent of the damage, sometimes the dentists may cut the tooth and the bone tissue into small manageable removable portions until all of the tooth tissue has been extracted. Besides the fact that surgical extractions are relatively difficult, they also cost a bit more. Recovery time for surgical extractions is more due to the presence of stitches that need time to heal. Overall, dental extractions are essential medical treatments for getting rid of cavities. Our doctors are well-skilled in all dental-related issues. Feel free to reach out to us for consultation and treatment.
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