It’s safe to say that having a tooth extracted isn’t anyone’s favorite thing to do. But, in many cases, an extraction is the best option to get someone out of pain and ultimately improve their oral health. Although dentists make every effort to save natural teeth, sometimes a tooth has been so damaged that it can’t be saved or it’s threatening the health of the other teeth around it. In these situations, a dentist will recommend taking the tooth out, but the type of tooth extraction they do will depend on the circumstances. Just as there are different types of fillings and crowns, there are two main types of tooth extractions in Richardson. Keep reading to learn more about the key differences between the two and how your comfort throughout the procedure is a top priority!
Simple Extraction Procedure
Just as the name implies, a simple extraction is a less involved procedure that can be done without surgery. But why would one tooth not require surgery, while another does? There are a couple of reasons:
- The tooth has fully “erupted,” meaning it’s come through the gums and can clearly be seen in the mouth.
- The tooth can be easily grasped with forceps so it can be removed “cleanly” and in one piece.
- Since an incision doesn’t need to be made, stitches aren’t necessary.
Surgical Extraction Procedure
Many people associate a “surgery” with a major procedure at a hospital that requires general anesthesia, but in this case, it simply means that a small incision must be made to access a tooth. Since an incision is necessary, stitches are done to allow the gum tissue to heal.
A surgical extraction might be recommended in the following situations:
- The tooth has broken off at the gumline and can’t easily be grasped with forceps.
- The tooth hasn’t erupted at all or has only partially erupted through the gums.
- When the root of the tooth has broken into small pieces.
In some cases, the bone tissue around the tooth or even the tooth itself may need to be cut into smaller portions to be removed.
The Bottom Line
Regardless of which type of extraction you need, your dentist in Richardson will start by making sure that you’re completely numb and comfortable – from start to finish.
In addition to local anesthesia, you also have the option to have nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) or conscious oral sedation (a prescription medication you’ll take prior to your visit that will deeply relax you.)
Remember, your dentist gets extensive training for many years to provide the dental care you need as comfortably as possible. And, although extractions are a last resort, they lead to better oral health and a healthier smile in the long-term – which everyone can agree is a good thing!
About the Author
Dr. Adrian De Vincenzo is a general, cosmetic and restorative dentist in Richardson who has years of experience, advanced training, and a reassuring chairside manner. During more involved procedures like tooth extractions, he’s always able to put his patients at ease and provide a great dental experience. If you have any additional questions, he can be contacted via his website or at (972) 644-3800.