Teeth are sometimes broken or damaged by decay. While extraction is an option, it’s usually used as a last resort. Fillings, crowns, or other treatments are usually preferable to save the original tooth if possible. Sometimes, however, there is simply too much damage to save the tooth in the end.

When this occurs, there are two different types of extractions that can be performed.

A simple dental extraction procedure is performed on a tooth that is visible and accessible in the mouth. These are the most common types of procedures and usually take place on teeth that are closer to the front of the mouth.

A surgical dental extraction is required when the piece of the tooth needing to be removed is not visible or accessible. These are usually much more complex procedures that require much more in-depth work, occasionally requiring a tooth to be cut or broken further before extraction or removal of a piece of the bone.

If you need an extraction, talk to your dentist to understand what your options are for both the extraction itself and what to do afterwards. Extractions usually shouldn’t be left for long, as you can slowly start to lose bone as the process goes on. We are always available to answer your questions about extractions and post-extraction recommendations and procedures.

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