Here are the top 3 types of tooth extractions you need to know about

Tooth extractions are dental procedures that concern themselves with the removal of one or multiple teeth. It is one of the procedures that induce a lot of dental anxiety in patients as they are afraid of the pain of the procedure. This is mostly because either the procedure is misunderstood by the patients or they are misinformed of how much it will hurt. There are three main types of tooth extractions in dentistry.

Why Do Teeth Need to Be Extracted

  • Sometimes, teeth need to be extracted for a lot of reasons. In most cases, it is because of decay and the tooth becomes a hazard to dental hygiene. In some cases, it is to create space to align teeth for braces or other reformative procedures. It can also be for aesthetic reasons or if a person has extra teeth growing in their oral cavity.

The Different Types of Tooth Extractions

  • There are three different types of tooth extractions popularly carried out in dentistry. Each is done for a specific set of reasons and patients have to meet certain criteria before they are prescribed the procedure.

Simple Tooth Extraction

  • Simple tooth extraction is done when the dentist has to remove teeth that are visible in the dental cavity. They usually have instruments that help lift or elevate the teeth and others that hold onto them. These procedures are relatively simple and can be performed in a dentist’s office using local anesthesia. The dentist may prescribe over-the-counter painkillers to help with post-procedure pain.

Why Do You Need One?

Simple tooth extractions can be recommended if you have:

  • Teeth that are too decayed to be restored
  • Teeth that have been fractured or broken beyond repair
  • Misaligned teeth that need to be pulled out for braces to fit
  • Extra teeth growing in unusual locations in the oral cavity

Surgical Tooth Extraction

  • Surgical tooth extraction is when the teeth that have to be removed are not easily accessible or are still under the surface of the gums. The dentist may have to cut through the gum tissue to access the tooth and remove it.

This procedure is more complicated than simple tooth extraction and needs more preparation and tools. Patients may be given general anesthesia and may need stitching in the gums afterward. The post-procedure recovery for this process is longer than a simple extraction.

Why Do You Need One?

You may be recommended a surgical tooth extraction if you have:

  • A tendency to grow more than 32 teeth in your jaw (including four wisdom teeth)
  • Unruptured teeth in your jaw that need to be removed for braces
  • Reconstruction of partially ruptured teeth for aesthetic procedures

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

  • types of tooth extractionsThe last type of tooth extraction is wisdom tooth extraction. Although it is a type of surgical tooth extraction, it has a category of its own due to the demand of the procedure. Through evolution, wisdom teeth no longer serve a practical purpose and can be painful for many if they grow at a wrong angle.

Dentists remove the wisdom teeth if they grow out at the wrong angles or don’t have much room to grow in the first place. Infected wisdom teeth are also extracted. The procedure is relatively easy and the post-procedure pain can be treated with over-the-counter painkillers.

Why Do You Need One?

You may be recommended a wisdom tooth extraction if:

  • You are having excessive pain in one or more of your wisdom teeth.
  • You have impacted wisdom tooth that does not have enough space to grow out.

At Icon Dental Center, we provide you with the best dental healthcare in Everett and Seattle. We offer the best tooth extraction services. Learn about it on our website. For a consultation or a booking, call us at 206-225-2882 for Seattle and 425-337-2400 for Everett.

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