What's the Difference Between a Simple Extraction and a Surgical Extraction?

What's the Difference Between a Simple Extraction and a Surgical Extraction?

It’s important to take good care of your teeth by brushing and flossing every day, and having regular appointments with a dentist who can professionally clean and monitor your teeth. Sometimes due to tooth decay, gum disease, or an injury, you may have to have a tooth removed. This can often be done as a simple extraction, but in more complex cases, it might need to be done surgically.

At Morning Dental in Santa Ana and Huntington Beach, California, highly skilled and compassionate dentists Bao Nguyen DDS and Michael Florman DDS provide a full range of dental care services. Supported by their friendly and helpful staff, Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Florman make dental care easy for everyone in your family. When it comes to tooth extractions, they make the process smooth and comfortable, putting your mind at ease. 

When do teeth need to be extracted?

The outer layer of your teeth is made of enamel, which is the strongest material in your body. However, your teeth can still be damaged by injuries, tooth decay, and gum disease. In many cases, dental treatments can be used to save a damaged or decayed tooth. Sometimes the tooth is too damaged to save, and it must be removed to protect the rest of your teeth and your overall health. 

Simple Extraction versus Surgical Extraction

When your dentist determines that a tooth needs to be extracted, he also determines the type of procedure that will be used. There are two main types of extractions: simple and surgical. 

A simple extraction is typically used when you can actually see the tooth in your mouth. This allows your dentist to use a simple procedure to remove the tooth. After carefully numbing the area so you don’t experience any discomfort, your dentist loosens the tooth and then removes it. This is a relatively quick and easy procedure.

Your dentist uses a surgical extraction when the full tooth is not visible inside your mouth. This might be because the tooth has broken off at your gum line, due to decay, or an injury. It could also be a tooth, such as a wisdom tooth, that hasn’t come out because there isn’t enough space for it in your mouth. 

To complete a surgical extraction, your dentist carefully numbs the affected area of your mouth to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure. He then makes a small incision in your gum in order to access the tooth’s roots. To complete the surgical extraction, your dentist may need to cut the tooth into smaller pieces in order to remove it from your jaw more easily. 

To learn more about tooth extractions, or for any other dental concerns, call our nearest office, or use our online appointment booking system any time. 

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