As dental patients, we understand how frightening it is to hear that you need an extraction. But as dental professionals, we know that extractions are sometimes necessary. The best way to prepare for extraction is to be as knowledgeable as possible about the process. That means asking every question that comes to mind. It’s much better to be informed than to be worried and anxious over a procedure that is common, safe, and often best for your oral health in the long run.
There are three main types of tooth extractions: simple extractions impacted extractions, and wisdom tooth removal.
Simple extractions are exactly what the name implies, simple. They take very little time, and in most cases, getting numbed and having the numbing wear off takes longer than the extraction procedure.
Simple extractions are a three-step process. First is numbing. Anesthesia is applied to the area and we talk to you about what to expect while it takes effect. Next, once the area is numb, specialized tools are used to create a space between the gum and the tooth. Finally, after some gentle wiggling, the tooth is removed from its socket. Remember, the area is completely numb, so while you may hear us working, you won’t feel a thing.
With impacted extractions, part of the tooth is covered by the gum. Just like with a simple extraction, we strive to ensure your comfort throughout the process. Local anesthesia is applied to the gums surrounding the tooth to be extracted and you are offered options for sedation. Each type of sedation is carefully explained to you prior to the extraction. No matter what you choose, you will not feel pain during the procedure.
The way the tooth is extracted depends on two variables. First, the location of the impacted tooth and second, the number of roots it has. A flap is created in the gum to provide access to the bone and tissue covering the tooth. Then, the impacted tooth is sectioned and removed in pieces. Afterward, the flap is closed and stitched together so that it can heal.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Removing wisdom teeth, or third molars is just as straightforward as a simple or impacted extraction. The manner of removal depends on how many wisdom teeth there are, whether they are impacted and whether they are causing discomfort or structural damage to surrounding teeth, which is often the case.
Like impacted extractions, the area is numb, and you are sedated. Numbing helps prevent excess discomfort after the procedure is complete. If the wisdom teeth are fully or partially erupted, meaning they are visible through the gums, a simple extraction is performed. If the teeth are impacted, meaning they have not erupted, an impacted extraction is carried out.
The only difference between this type of extraction and any other is that more than one tooth is usually removed at a time. This is best because it is performed in a single visit and healing occurs all at once, leaving you with a pain-free mouth sooner. As with any tooth removal, we are available to answer any questions you have as you recover, and you receive a care sheet before going home.