Kallen K. Hull DMD, PC
Creating Beautiful Smiles

How Are Extractions Done?

Extractions are categorized as "simple" or "surgical." Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth, usually under local anesthesia, and require only the use of instruments to elevate, and/or grasp the visible portion of the tooth. Typically the tooth is lifted using an elevator and dental forceps, rocked back and forth until the periodontal ligament has been sufficiently broken and the supporting alveolar bone has been adequately widened to make the tooth loose enough to remove. Surgical extractions involve the removal of teeth that cannot be easily accessed, either because they have broken under the gum line or because they have not erupted fully. Surgical extractions almost always require an incision.  ln a surgical extraction the soft tissue covering the tooth may need to be elevated and bone may also be removed the tooth. Frequently, the tooth may be split into multiple pieces to facilitate its removal. Surgical extractions are sometimes performed under general anesthesia.  


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