When you have to have a tooth extracted, it can be a scary experience. It often helps dental anxiety if you are fully aware of what will happen during the procedure. There are actually three different types of extractions, and they are very different. Talk to your dentist about which method of extraction is best for you. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know.
A simple extraction is the most common. In a simple extraction, the area is numbed with a local anesthetic so that you feel little or no pain. You will feel some pressure as the dentist works to extract the tooth. Although extractions are often referred to as “pulling teeth,” the tooth is not actually pulled. Instead, it is pushed down into the gum until the root breaks free of the jaw. Then, it is easily removed. Simple extractions are usually performed when a partial extraction is not appropriate and there are no complications. [Read more…]