Although it seems complex, tooth extraction (removal) is a standard procedure that has a significantly low risk of complications in the long run. There are multiple reasons why tooth extraction may become necessary, but the most common reason a tooth or teeth may need to be removed is due to severe tooth decay that goes beyond what is reasonable to save. For these situations, 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 teeth that are more difficult to clean with regular dental care, like 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 sure that you are as comfortable as possible during your procedure. 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.