Our dental needs change quite often. Sometimes, we may have to get the adhered plaque and tartar removed from the teeth, and other times, we may need a filling to restore our cavity-infected teeth. Some of us may require tooth extractions, which are necessary to treat oral conditions like extreme cavities, root canal infection, impacted teeth, damaged teeth, etc.
When it comes to tooth extractions, they can be broadly classified into two types, namely simple extractions and surgical extractions.
What is a Simple Extraction?
Simple dental extractions are carried out to remove teeth that are visible above the gums, such as ones that have developed root canal infection, cavities, or are necessary for orthodontic treatment. We will administer local anesthesia near the tooth to numb it and the surrounding tissues. A dental tool called the elevator will be used to loosen the tooth from the socket and the gums. Once it has loosened sufficiently, it will be removed in one firm motion using dental forceps.
The procedure is quick, convenient, and multiple teeth can be removed in one sitting if needed. The recovery time required for simple extractions is very little, and the dentist will suggest suitable aftercare instructions to ensure optimum healing. Slight pain is expected for a few days after the extraction, and it is best to avoid certain foods to keep yourself from enduring pain or sustaining infections.
What is a Surgical Extraction?
A surgical extraction is carried out in complicated cases, such as external oral trauma resulting in a broken tooth, impacted wisdom teeth, etc. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon carries out a surgical extraction, as the tooth would be partially or completely under the gum line, and the procedure would be slightly more complicated.
Once the sedative is administered and takes effect, we will make small incisions on the gums to expose the tooth or broken-off root. Based on the severity of the condition, we will remove the tooth entirely or section it into smaller fragments and remove them one by one. We may consider administering general anesthesia if the procedure takes relatively longer and holds you in a state of ease. Surgical extractions usually require a longer healing period and more diligent aftercare by the patient.
Our experienced team will help you regain your smile. Please reach out to us on call at (773) 445-1009 or by scheduling an online appointment, and we'll be happy to guide you further.