Reasons for an Extraction
- Misshapen teeth
- Extra long roots
- Orthodontic correction
- Problematic wisdom teeth
- Extensive decay
- Infection or risk of infection
- Impacted wisdom teeth
Types of ExtractionsThere are 3 different types of tooth extractions: simple, surgical and wisdom teeth extractions.
- Simple extractions are performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. General dentists commonly do simple extractions.
- Surgical extractions are more complex tooth extractions and are commonly are done by oral surgeons or our periodontist. However, sometimes they are also done by general dentists.
- Wisdom teeth extractions are a very common type of tooth extraction and one most people are familiar with. Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are often extracted either before or after they come in. They commonly come in during the late teens or early 20s. They need to be removed if they are decayed, cause pain or have a cyst or infection.
Are Extractions Painful?The degree of pain following a tooth extraction may vary from patient to patient. Typically 3 things impact the amount of pain following tooth extractions:
- The amount of damage to the tissues that was required to get the tooth out.
- The amount of infection that was present to begin with. More infection equates to more pain.
- The patient: Sensitivity of a person’s tissue vary, some people have a higher pain threshold than others.