- Simple dental extraction
- Surgical dental extractions
- Wisdom teeth extractions
In dentistry, there are two types of extractions: simple extractions and surgical extractions. Both of these procedures involve removing a tooth from its socket, but there are differences in the level of complexity and the techniques used.
Simple extractions are performed on teeth that can be easily seen and accessed in the mouth, and are often recommended when a tooth is damaged beyond repair due to decay, trauma, or infection. During a simple extraction, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic, and then use forceps to loosen the tooth from its socket before gently removing it.
Surgical extractions, on the other hand, are more complex and are typically required when a tooth has not fully erupted, is impacted, or is in a difficult-to-reach location in the mouth. During a surgical extraction, the dentist may need to make incisions in the gum tissue to access the tooth, and may also need to remove bone around the tooth to fully extract it. In some cases, the tooth may need to be sectioned into smaller pieces to make removal easier.
While both simple and surgical extractions are generally safe and routine procedures, surgical extractions may require a longer recovery time and may be more uncomfortable for the patient. Your dentist will be able to advise you on which type of extraction is best for your individual situation based on factors such as the location of the tooth, the condition of the tooth, and your overall health.