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Tooth Removal

Tooth removal, also known as tooth extraction, is a dental procedure in which a tooth is removed from its socket in the jawbone. The procedure can be simple or complex, depending on the condition of the tooth and the surrounding tissue.

Simple Tooth Extraction

Simple tooth extraction is a relatively straightforward procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia. The dentist or oral surgeon will use a specialized instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth and then gently remove it with forceps. Simple tooth extraction is typically used for teeth that are visible and easy to access, such as wisdom teeth or damaged or decayed teeth that cannot be restored.

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Complex Tooth Extraction

Complex tooth extraction is a more complicated procedure that is usually performed under general anesthesia. This type of extraction is used for teeth that are impacted or have not fully erupted, or for teeth that are located in areas that are difficult to access. Complex tooth extraction may also be necessary if the tooth is severely decayed, damaged, or infected, or if there is significant bone loss in the jaw.

During complex tooth extraction, the dentist or oral surgeon may need to make an incision in the gum tissue to access the tooth and may need to remove surrounding bone tissue to fully extract the tooth. In some cases, the tooth may need to be removed in pieces to minimize trauma to the surrounding tissue.

After a tooth extraction, it is important to follow all post-operative instructions provided by the dentist or oral surgeon. This may include avoiding hard or crunchy foods, taking pain medication as prescribed, and applying ice to the affected area to reduce swelling.

Tooth extraction is a common dental procedure that can help relieve pain and prevent further dental problems. If you are experiencing tooth pain or discomfort, it is important to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to determine if tooth extraction is necessary. Your dentist can help you determine which type of tooth extraction is right for you based on the condition of your tooth and surrounding tissue.

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