Simple or Surgical Extraction: What’s the Difference?
If you have ever needed to have a tooth extracted, you know it can have a profound effect on you, regardless of the reason. That is why your dentist will exhaust every treatment option before recommending extraction.
Types of Dental Extractions
There are many reasons why a tooth might need to be removed, but all extractions fall into one of two categories – simple or surgical.
The procedure is referred to as a simple extraction when the tooth is visible above the gum line and is in the optimal position for easy removal. Some reasons for simple extractions are:
- A severely decayed or infected tooth can’t be saved with treatment
- In preparation for orthodontic treatment or dentures
- A wisdom tooth needs to be removed to prevent decay and gum disease.
Surgical extractions of teeth are the most common type of surgery in the US. The procedure is necessary when a tooth is not visible, and an incision needs to be made to remove it safely. In some cases, a general dentist can extract a tooth under local anesthetic. Or, your dentist may decide that your care would best be handled by an oral surgeon.
Reasons for surgical extractions include:
- Removal of wisdom teeth that have not erupted correctly
- A tooth that has fractured below the gum line
- We need to remove root tips or teeth with long curved roots
Comfortable Tooth Extractions in Birmingham, AL
If extraction is necessary, it’s good to know you can turn to an experienced professional like Dr. Aaron Cook. Dr. Cook and our team have been performing extractions for our patients for over ten years.
We will walk you through the procedure, so you know what to expect, and we’ll be with you every step of the way. If you do need to be referred, we work with the most respected oral surgeons in our area, and Dr. Cook will ensure you are in the best possible hands.
If you have questions about extraction, please call Cook Family Dental to arrange a convenient consultation.