Surgical Extractions

General Information & Overview

There are two forms of tooth extraction: Surgical and Simple. The type you need will depend on if the tooth has erupted out of the gum tissue or if it is still below the gumline. Teeth which have erupted are removed using the Simple technique. Those that remain below the gum line are removed Surgically. The most common reason for the removal of a tooth is severe decay or breakage of a tooth that cannot be saved. Regardless of the reasons that a tooth must be pulled, extractions are usually reserved only for cases in which no other treatment option will cure the infection or problem.

Teeth may be removed because of:
  • Severe tooth decay or infection
  • Extra teeth that are blocking other teeth from growing in
  • Severe gum disease
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Non-restorable teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Cosmetic reasons