How The Reason For Your Tooth Extraction Affects The Procedure

September 6, 2017/ Dr. Neal/ 0


Newmarket Dentist - Tooth Extractions

The reason for your tooth extraction in Newmarket will directly affect the procedure that your dentist uses to pull your tooth. The simplest procedures are fast, using just local anesthetic, whereas complex extractions sometimes require a general anesthetic.

Simple Extraction

You may be a candidate for a simple extraction if your dentist needs to remove a tooth due to an abscess, extensive damage (where at least some of the tooth is above the gum line), or overcrowding. The dentist will loosen the gums surrounding your tooth, hold your tooth in forceps, and gently pull it out.

Surgical Extraction

A surgical extraction is necessary if your tooth is completely under the gum line, such as if a tooth breaks off and leaves its roots attached to the bone. The procedure involves making an incision in the gums to access the tooth.

Your dentist will start by trying a luxation procedure, forcing a sharp instrument between the root and the bone to ease out the tooth. Should this case fail, your dentist will need to cut away some of the bone.

Impacted Teeth

An impacted tooth is one that never fully erupts — some of it remains under the gums. As this can lead to serious problems, your dentist will recommend a timely extraction.

The procedure starts the same as for a surgical extraction. The rest of the tooth extraction process will depend on the position of your tooth. Whenever possible, your dentist will use forceps to pull out the tooth. However, when a tooth is below the bone or on its side, the dentist needs to remove the bone. To make the extraction easier, your dentist will break the tooth into pieces.

Wisdom Teeth

Your dentist will remove fully erupted wisdom teeth through a simple extraction. However, if teeth are impacted, you will need a surgical extraction, likely under general anesthesia.