The extraction, or the removal, of a tooth/teeth is a surgical procedure done in the office under local anesthetic. Teeth are extracted for a variety of reasons:
- To remove teeth that are nonrestorable.
- To resolve overcrowding.
- To remove impacted wisdom teeth.
Simple vs. Surgical Extractions
A simple extraction is the process of lifting the visible tooth from the socket. A surgical extraction involves removing a tooth that has broken under the gum, or one that has not erupted fully. A surgical extraction can also be done when a tooth must be sectioned, or broken into pieces, before being removed.