Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Dental Extractions

Dental Extractions

Dental extractions are performed on damaged teeth from decay or a fracture, damaged teeth that are not removed can be repaired with a crown or filing to prevent further damage. There are numerous reasons why dental extractions are needed depending on the circumstances. Routine extractions are performed for wisdom teeth on pretty much a daily basis.

Tooth extractions fall into two categories: simple extractions and surgical extractions.

Simple extractions - this type of procedure is performed on the teeth most visible to the eye when the mouth is opened. This is considered to be as simple procedure because it requires very little anesthesia, is performed as an outpatient procedure and is not invasive.

Surgical extractions - this type of extraction is performed on teeth that cannot be easily seen and are difficult to access; in many cases the tooth itself has not broken through the gum line fully or at all and it therefore requires surgical techniques to extract the broken tooth.