Teeth extractions are done for a variety of reasons, the most common one being the removal of decayed teeth. The extraction can be a simple procedure if it involves visible teeth. However, the procedure can be more complicated if it involves the removal of impacted teeth or those that are under the gum line.
A tooth extraction is necessary if the affected tooth has extensive damage and there are no other treatments to save it. Simple tooth extraction is typically done by a general dentist, while complex teeth extractions that involve surgical steps may be performed by oral surgeons or dentists.
A simple tooth extraction is used to remove a visible tooth (when it is not hidden under the gums). A local anaesthetic is used to keep the area numb while the tooth is being extracted. The dentist may use a special instrument called an elevator to loosen the affected tooth before proceeding to pull it out with the help of dental forceps.
Surgical tooth extraction is reserved for removing a tooth that is not visible because it is positioned under the gum line. This can be done for impacted wisdom teeth as well as for damaged teeth that have broken off at the gum line. In this case, the gum tissue will be cut to make it easier to locate and remove the tooth underneath. If the tooth cannot be pulled out in one piece, it will need to be cut into smaller pieces for more efficient extraction.
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