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Tooth Extraction

Dr. Abrew does tooth extractions on a daily basis. He hopes not to, but in the cases where no other option will cure the infection or problem, he is very good at it.

Reasons for tooth extraction are, but not limited to:

  1. Severe tooth decay or infection
  2. Extra teeth that are blocking other teeth from growing in (supernumerary teeth)
  3. Severe gum disease
  4. Orthodontic treatment
  5. Cosmetic reasons
  6. Wisdom teeth removal

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.

There are two types of extractions:

  1. Simple Extractions: Simple 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. During this procedure, the doctor grasps the tooth with forceps and loosens it by moving the instrument back and forth until the supporting structures widen enough to allow the removal of the tooth.
  2. Surgical Extractions. Surgical extractions are performed on teeth that have broken off at the gumline, 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 the tooth that needs to be removed can be seen.
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