About Tooth Extractions
Tooth extractions are performed for a variety of reasons, including tooth decay, injury, infection, and for orthodontic treatment. These are a relatively common procedure at Solid City Smiles. The difficulty of the procedure varies depending on the case and the patient, however anesthesia is used to numb the area and prevent discomfort during the procedure.
Types of Tooth Extractions
There are two forms: simple and surgical.
Simple Tooth Extractions are performed on teeth that can be seen in the mouth and that do not require sectioning the tooth or incising the gum tissue for removal. These are performed on teeth that must be removed due to extensive decay or injury, or even orthodontic treatment, and are usually performed under a local anesthetic. During this procedure, the doctor will grasp the tooth with forceps and loosen it by moving the instrument back and forth until the supporting structures widen enough to allow the removal of the tooth.
Surgical Tooth Extractions are performed on teeth that have broken off at the gum line, have not yet come in, or those that cannot be easily extracted. To remove the tooth, the doctor will have to cut and pull back the gums, which allows access to the area. This is necessary for visibility, so that we can see the tooth that needs to be removed. Surgical extractions are usually performed under local anesthesia but a general anesthesia is sometimes preferred, especially for wisdom teeth extractions.
Contact Us For Your Tooth Extraction
Regardless of the reasons, tooth extractions are usually reserved only for cases in which no other treatment option will cure the infection or problem. Periodontists Dr. Codelli and Dr. Gaud will develop a plan based on your personalized needs in Atlanta, GA.