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Sometimes tooth extraction is necessary, especially when a tooth is severely decayed or damaged, when a tooth causes more harm than good, and when there isn’t enough room in the mouth. Although this is quite unfortunate, it can help the oral health in many ways. When it comes to the types of tooth extraction available, there are two: simple and surgical tooth extractions. Our dentist, Dr. Maureen Toal, is happy to tell you all about them.

A simple tooth extraction is necessary when the tooth is visible above the gumline and your dentist can easily remove it with her dental tools, like forceps. Sometimes a simple tooth extraction can turn into a surgical tooth extraction, like if a piece of the tooth breaks off during the treatment. Your dentist will typically use a local anesthetic and light sedation for this treatment.

A surgical tooth extraction is necessary when the tooth hasn’t quite grown into place yet, like a wisdom tooth. The treatment usually involves your dentist opening or removing gum tissue and then extracting the tooth with her special tools. Sometimes it even involves cutting through bone and tissue. Your dentist will typically use a local anesthetic and heavy sedation during this treatment.

If you have any questions about tooth extractions in Phoenix, Arizona, please reach out to our dental team at Center For Dental Rehabilitation. All you need to do is dial 602.485.0505 and we will be more than happy to help you. We look forward to giving you the answers you need!