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Tooth extractions are necessary when a tooth is severely decayed or damaged, when a tooth causes more harm than good, and when there just isn’t enough room in the mouth. Even though tooth extraction is very inconvenient and unfortunate, it can benefit your oral health and smile in a myriad of ways. There are two different types of tooth extractions available: simple and surgical extractions. Our dentist, Dr. Will Allen, is happy to help you know more about them.

A simple tooth extraction is viable when the tooth is above the gumline and is easy to extract with forceps. Your dentist will usually use a local anesthetic and light sedation for this treatment. Sometimes if there are complications during the treatment, like if a piece of the tooth breaks off, then it can turn into a surgical tooth extraction.

A surgical tooth extraction is viable when the tooth has yet to erupt from the gums, like your wisdom teeth. Your dentist will need to open the gums and access the tooth that way. Then, after cutting through bone and tissue, he will use special tools to remove the tooth. Your dentist will likely use a local anesthetic and heavy sedation for this treatment.

Do you have any questions about tooth extractions in Louisville, Kentucky? If so, our dental team is here to help you! We will be happy to give you the answers you’re looking for—all you need to do is contact Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates at 502-587-7874.