What is Tooth Extraction?
When a tooth is removed or pulled, it’s called an extraction. Your oral surgeon may recommend tooth extraction if your tooth is decayed or eroded to the point where a filling or a crown would not solve the entire issue.
When a tooth is extracted, the entire tooth is removed from its bone socket. If a tooth proves difficult to extract, it may need to be removed in pieces. One of the most common surgical tooth extraction procedures is wisdom teeth removal, but any tooth that is difficult to remove through a simple tooth extraction should be surgically removed.
When is simple tooth extraction necessary?
If a tooth can be easily seen in the mouth, it can be removed through a simple tooth extraction. Most simple extractions can be performed using local anesthetic, or small injections around the affected tooth.
When is surgical tooth extraction necessary?
If a tooth is broken off or has not yet grown in, your oral surgeon may recommend surgical tooth extraction. Surgical tooth extractions may require both local anesthetic and general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Your oral surgeon will go over your options with you before the procedure.