Although it sounds complicated, a tooth extraction is a routine procedure that carries a very low risk of long-term complications. One of the most common reasons a tooth or teeth may need to be extracted (removed) is due to severe tooth decay beyond what is reasonable to save. In these cases, a dental extraction is performed to prevent infection and also to make the patient more comfortable.
Other reasons for dental extractions include severe gum disease, impacted teeth, and malfunctioning teeth or teeth that are hard to clean, such as the wisdom teeth. It may also be necessary to remove teeth for orthodontic treatment.
While a tooth extraction may sound intimidating, our friendly Sugar Land dentist and staff will make you as comfortable as possible during your treatment. If you feel you may be in need of a tooth extraction, book an appointment with Bella Smiles Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Sugar Land today for a consultation; we’ll be happy to help make you smile again!
Simple Tooth Extractions Simple extractions are considered “simple” because the tooth being extracted has a straighter root shape and is located in a more convenient place within the mouth for removal. Typically, the doctor will only need to use a dental instrument to gently loosen the tooth from its place.
Surgical Tooth Extractions Surgical extractions, on the other hand, are generally performed on teeth that are harder to access or have not fully erupted through the gums. Oftentimes during a surgical extraction, the dentist may need to make a small incision or split the tooth into sections to make its removal easier.