A simple tooth extraction is the removal of a visible tooth, and is performedin your dentist’s office. If you need a tooth removed that is impacted or not yet erupted, as in the case of a wisdom tooth, you will need to see an oral surgeon for a surgical removal. Simple extractions are safe and can be performed under local anesthesia in Dr. Florine’s office.
Extractions are usually performed on teeth that are damaged to an extent that they cannot be saved through restorative dental procedures. Common reasons for extractions include:
Dr. Florine will first administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth that is to be extracted. Once the area is completely numb, you may feel a bit of pressure during the procedure but no pain. Dr. Florine will then push the gum away from the tooth and start the process of loosening the tooth, usually through moving it back and forth with forceps. Once the tooth is sufficiently loose, the tooth is removed from the socket.
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