Teeth Extractions

Teeth extractions, dental extractions, or tooth removal involve the surgical or nonsurgical removal of one or more teeth from the mouth. The purpose of teeth extractions varies depending on the individual's dental health needs. It may be performed to remove severely damaged or decayed teeth beyond repair, extract impacted wisdom teeth causing pain or dental issues, create space for orthodontic treatment, or address overcrowding in the mouth.

Teeth extractions are performed by dental professionals using specialized instruments and techniques to ensure patient comfort and minimize complications, ultimately improving overall oral health and preventing further dental problems. 

Reasons for Teeth Extractions 

  • Advanced tooth decay, also known as dental caries, can weaken the tooth's structure to the point where it is no longer salvageable through restorative treatments such as fillings or crowns. In such cases, extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of decay to neighboring teeth and alleviate pain or discomfort. 
  • Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth, leading to gum inflammation, bone loss, and, ultimately, tooth loss. In severe cases where gum disease has progressed to the point of affecting the supporting structures of the teeth, extraction may be recommended to preserve overall oral health. 
  • Traumatic dental injuries, such as fractures, cracks, or avulsions (complete displacement of the tooth from its socket), can compromise the integrity of the tooth and surrounding structures. Depending on the severity of the injury and the extent of damage to the tooth and supporting tissues, extraction may be necessary to prevent infection and restore oral function. 
  • Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last to emerge in the back of the mouth. In many cases, they may become impacted due to a lack of space or improper alignment, leading to pain, infection, and other dental issues. Extraction of impacted wisdom teeth is a standard procedure to alleviate impaction symptoms and prevent complications. 
  • In cases of severe crowding or misalignment, tooth extraction may be recommended as part of orthodontic treatment to create space in the mouth and achieve optimal alignment of the teeth and jaws. These extractions are carefully planned to ensure the best possible outcome for the orthodontic treatment. Contact us today! 
  • Overcrowding occurs when there is insufficient space in the dental arch for all the teeth to align correctly. In such cases, one or more teeth may need to be extracted to create space and improve overall alignment, function, and aesthetics. 

Types of Teeth Extractions 

Simple Extractions 

Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth and can be easily accessed by the dentist. These extractions are typically done under local anesthesia and involve loosening the tooth with a dental instrument called an elevator before gently removing it with forceps. Simple extractions are commonly performed to remove severely decayed or damaged teeth that cannot be restored and teeth affected by gum disease or trauma. 

Surgical Extractions 

Surgical extractions are more complex procedures performed on teeth that are not easily accessible or require additional surgical techniques for removal. This may include impacted wisdom teeth that are trapped beneath the gum line and cannot erupt properly. Surgical extractions may also be necessary for teeth with curved or multiple roots, teeth that have broken off at the gum line, or teeth that need to be removed to make space for orthodontic treatment. These extractions are typically done under local anesthesia, and the dentist may need to incision the gum tissue and remove bone to access the tooth before extracting it. 

The Procedure of Teeth Extractions 

  • Before performing a tooth extraction, your dentist will thoroughly examine your oral health, including X-rays, to assess the tooth's position, roots, and surrounding structures. Based on this evaluation, your dentist will determine the best approach for the extraction and discuss the procedure with you, addressing any concerns or questions you may have. 
  • On the day of the extraction, your dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding area, ensuring a pain-free experience during the procedure. For more complex extractions or if you experience anxiety, your dentist may also offer sedation options to help you relax and feel more comfortable during the procedure. 
  • Once the anesthesia has taken effect, your dentist will begin the extraction process. For simple extractions, the tooth will be loosened using an elevator dental instrument before gently removing it with forceps. For surgical extractions or impacted teeth, your dentist may need to make an incision in the gum tissue and remove bone to access the tooth before extracting it. Throughout the procedure, your dentist will work with precision and care to remove the tooth safely and efficiently. 
  • After the tooth extraction, your dentist will provide instructions for postoperative care to promote healing and prevent complications. This may include applying gauze to the extraction site to control bleeding, avoiding strenuous activities and certain foods, and taking prescribed pain medications or antibiotics. Your dentist will also advise you on proper oral hygiene practices during the healing process. 
  • Sometimes, your dentist may schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor your healing progress and remove any stitches if necessary. Be sure to attend all scheduled follow-up appointments and contact your dentist if you experience any unusual symptoms or complications following the extraction. 

Teeth extractions are performed to preserve oral health, alleviate pain or discomfort, and prevent further dental problems. If you're experiencing dental issues that may require extraction, visit Blue Turtle Dental at one of our convenient locations at 2290 Birch St, Ste A, Palo Alto, CA 94306; 81 Birch Street, Redwood City, CA 94062; or 1394 Franklin St., Santa Clara, CA 95050 for a comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plan. You can schedule an appointment online or call us at (650) 503-6777, (650) 345-5300, or (408) 246-6030.


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