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Simple Tooth Extraction vs. Surgical

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If you’ve recently been informed that you need to have a tooth extracted, you may be full of questions and concerns! Some possible reasons to have a tooth extracted include severe decay, overcrowding, or impacted wisdom teeth. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between simple tooth extractions vs. surgical tooth extractions.

Simple Tooth Extraction

A simple tooth extraction is a less complicated type of tooth extraction, usually performed when the tooth can be easily accessed by your dentist. In this procedure, your dentist will apply a local anesthetic to numb the surrounding area and then gently remove the affected tooth from its socket using special extraction tools. The recovery time for a simple tooth extraction is relatively short. Our team will provide aftercare guidelines to help you avoid dry socket and get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.

Surgical Tooth Extraction

In some cases, the tooth or teeth requiring extraction won’t be as easy for your dentist to reach. This can happen when the tooth is severely broken or hasn’t emerged from the gumline yet, like impacted wisdom teeth. These situations can require surgical tooth extraction. Depending on the tooth’s position and condition, you may be referred to an oral surgeon.

This minor operation requires a small incision in the gum tissue surrounding the tooth. The tooth may be removed whole or in pieces. Because this is a more invasive procedure, stronger anesthesia or sedation options are offered. Additionally, it’s very important to take sufficient time to rest so the extraction site can properly heal without infection or excessive discomfort.

Gentle Tooth Extractions at CarolinasDentist

At CarolinasDentist, we typically see a tooth extraction as the last resort when we have exhausted all other treatment options or when we have determined it as the best course of action for your particular situation. If extraction is necessary, our team will make sure that you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. We will also thoroughly explain aftercare guidelines and, if applicable, tooth replacement options with you. From start to finish, you’ll be in good hands at CarolinasDentist—contact us today!

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