Simple Tooth Extraction

Excessive tooth decay, tooth infection, and crowding can all require a tooth extraction. Tooth extraction is performed by a dentist or oral surgeon and is a relatively quick outpatient procedure with local anesthesia, which numbs the area around your tooth so you’ll feel only pressure, not pain, during the procedure. The dentist then uses an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth and forceps to remove it.

Complicated Extraction

Some teeth may not be able to be extracted simply, so the dentist will need to perform complicated extraction or surgical extraction. The general dentist or oral surgeon will cut into your gum with a small incision. They may need to remove bone around your tooth or cut your tooth before it can be extracted.

Odontectomy / Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth extractions involve the incision of gum tissue, the reduction of bone, and the sectioning of the tooth into smaller fragments. This dental procedure is performed under local or general anesthesia, and may be carried out by a general dentist or an oral surgeon.