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Simple and Surgical Tooth Extractions

Posted on 2/6/2023 by Evan
Simple and Surgical Tooth ExtractionsEven though it is always our priority to save your tooth, certain conditions necessitate that your tooth be removed. At Higher Ground Dentistry, Dr. Sikka and may recommend tooth extraction if your teeth become severely infected or damaged, impacted, or result in overcrowding.

Types of Tooth Extraction

There are two types of tooth extractions: simple extraction and surgical extraction.

Simple Extraction

Simple tooth extraction can be performed on teeth that have fully emerged and are visible in the mouth. Typically, this extraction is done under local anesthesia. We will use a dental instrument known as scalers to loosen your tooth from its socket and then use forceps to remove it.

During this procedure, you may feel pressure on your tooth but no pain. The recovery time for a simple extraction is minimal and people are typically able to go back to their daily routine as soon as the extraction has been performed.

Once the anesthesia wears off, you may experience mild pain. But this is easily managed through OTC painkillers.

Surgical Extraction

A surgical extraction is performed on teeth that have become impacted and not fully emerged. These extractions are also done on teeth that have been broken off at the gum line.

We may administer local anesthesia as well as some form of sedative to make sure you remain comfortable during the procedure. We will make a small incision on your gums to expose the underlying tooth. If necessary, we may remove some bone structure to gain good access to the tooth. We may also split the tooth into two or more parts so that we may be able to remove it easily with the help of forceps.

Since surgical extractions are more complex than simple extractions, you may require sutures after the procedure. You may also experience mild to moderate pain that should abate in about a week, though many people heal faster.

Keep in mind that tooth infection or damage is not to be taken lightly. If left untreated, they can lead to various oral health problems with long-term consequences. That is why it is important for you to visit us every six months for a routine dental checkup. To schedule an appointment with us, call us at 909-377-0758 so that we can determine what the issue is and treat it appropriately.

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