Simple Tooth Extractions

If you are dealing with severe tooth sensitivity or advanced periodontal disease, it may be necessary to undergo a tooth extraction. In such cases, a simple extraction can be performed by the dentist without the need for extensive surgical procedures. This allows for the safe removal of the affected tooth, providing relief and addressing the underlying issue.Reasons for a tooth extraction

A simple tooth extraction is typically performed for the following reasons:

  1. Severe tooth decay: If a tooth has extensive decay that cannot be treated with fillings or root canal therapy, extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection.
  2. Impacted tooth: When a tooth is trapped below the gum line and unable to properly emerge, it is considered impacted. Extraction can relieve pain, infection, and alignment issues.
  3. Orthodontic treatment: Teeth may need to be extracted to create space for proper alignment during orthodontic treatment.
  4. Non-functional tooth: Severely damaged teeth due to trauma, fractures, or decay may need to be extracted to alleviate pain and prevent further complications.
  5. Periodontal disease: In cases of advanced gum disease, extraction may be necessary if a tooth is too compromised to save and poses a risk to overall oral health.
  6. Supernumerary teeth: Extra teeth that cause overcrowding or bite problems may be extracted to improve dental alignment.
  7. Retained baby teeth: If baby teeth do not naturally fall out, extraction may be required to allow permanent teeth to come in properly.

A dentist will evaluate the specific condition and determine if a simple tooth extraction is the best course of action.

How is a tooth extracted?

A simple tooth extraction involves the following steps:

  1. Numbing the area with local anesthesia to ensure comfort.
  2. Loosening the tooth using dental instruments.
  3. Gently removing the tooth from its socket with forceps.
  4. Cleaning the extraction site, if necessary.
  5. Placing gauze on the site to control bleeding.
  6. Providing post-extraction care instructions for healing.
  7. Scheduling a follow-up appointment, if needed.

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.

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