Do you or a loved one need a tooth extracted? It’s never fun to have this treatment performed, however, if your dentist determines that it’s necessary, it will do the rest of your teeth a favor. This is especially true when it’s a wisdom tooth. Keep in mind your dentist has multiple methods of extracting teeth, and depending on the case, may choose one over the other. Find out what they are today.
A Simple Dental Extraction
A simple extraction is most commonly used on teeth your dentist can visibly see. This means it has erupted through the gums. It is one of the most common methods of extraction performed by dentists, so chances are if you need a tooth extracted, it will be done through this method.
The process begins with the dentist numbing the area with a local anesthetic so patients don’t feel significant pain during the procedure. Once numb, your dentist uses an elevator and dental forceps to remove the tooth. The elevator is meant to loosen the tooth while the forceps are used to grip and hold it. After wiggling the tooth back and forth gently, it will come out quite easily.
A Surgical Dental Extraction
Surgical extractions are more invasive than simple extractions because they require the dentist to cut through connective tissue to retrieve. For example, teeth that have erupted underneath gum tissue can be extracted by first creating an incision in the gum surrounding it. It’s common for teeth in this scenario to be broken into several pieces. This step is often done in order to reach the tooth itself.
Patients that require a tooth extraction when the tooth is underneath gum tissue are always put under general anesthesia beforehand. The treatment should go by quickly and very little will be remembered by completion.
Which One Will Be Used for Wisdom Teeth?
Any time a tooth is visible, your dentist will always opt for a simple dental extraction because it is easier to perform and there are fewer side effects that accompany it than surgical extractions. The only time your dentist will perform a surgical extractions is when a tooth erupts underneath gum tissue. At that point, he has no choice but to perform surgery to reach and view the tooth in question.
Luckily, your dentist also provides sedation dentistry for patients who have difficulty receiving dental treatment, particularly more substantial ones like wisdom tooth removal.
Need a tooth extracted? Your dentist in Tyler can help. Schedule an appointment with him today to prevent your wisdom teeth from causing damage!
About the Author
Dr. Dennis E. Stansbury earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Baylor College of Dentistry. He’s always taking continuing education courses throughout the year and is certified in oral conscious sedation. To learn more about his practice, contact him at (903) 561-1122 or visit his website.