Simple Tooth Extractions

Simple Tooth Extractions

A simple extraction is a quick and relatively painless procedure used to remove teeth that are causing pain or crowding in the mouth. It is performed when the tooth has fully erupted. 

When Is a Simple Tooth Extraction Performed?

A tooth may need to be extracted if it is too damaged and cannot be saved through other dental procedures, infected, or crowding the mouth. 

Simple Tooth Extraction Procedure

Before the dental procedure, the dentist will review the medical history of the patient and thoroughly examine their teeth, gums, jaw, and mouth. They will also take X-rays. These images provide a detailed view of the teeth and jawbone, which will help to plan the dental procedure.

After administering local anesthesia, the dentist will make an incision in the gums. They will generally use either a scalpel or laser to make the incision. The laser allows the dentist to precisely remove the gum tissue and underlying jawbone with minimal bleeding.

The dentist will use a special dental tool called an elevator to lift the tooth out from the socket. This tool allows the dentist to remove a tooth from beneath gum tissue without causing significant pain or injury. After the tooth is completely removed, the dentist will stitch the gum to help it heal properly. A gauze pad is placed on the extraction site. 

Aftercare Following an Extraction

After tooth extraction, the patient will need to avoid brushing the area directly around the extraction site. This is because there is still an open wound there and brushing could also cause irritation. The patient should rinse with warm salt water once per day and refrain from smoking until the site has healed.

J. Russell Danner, DDS, in Oklahoma City, OK, is equipped with the best dental team and modern technologies that enable us to deliver excellent care to our patients. Call us at 405-749-1676 to schedule an appointment today.