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There are various procedures of tooth extractions depending upon the case to case. The dentist decides the best way after clinical examination and taking x-ray to see the position and condition of the tooth to be extracted and accordingly decides whether the tooth can be extracted simply or some surgical procedure for tooth extraction has to be adopted.
In simple tooth extraction cases, after giving the local anesthesia, the tooth is extracted / pulled out with the dental forceps. No afterward complications are expected if patient follows the post tooth extraction instructions given by the dentist.
Unfortunately all the teeth cannot be pulled out easily. In some cases the tooth is damaged to that extent that nothing is visible above the gum line or in some cases due to infection or root canal treatment the tooth becomes so brittle that the crown breaks as soon as it is held by the forceps leaving behind the root part. In such cases surgical extraction has to be done. In this type the incision is given in the gums and the flap is raised to expose the embedded part of the root of the tooth which is then removed. But sometimes bone has to be cut to fully remove the roots of the tooth.
Impacted Teeth Extractions
Impacted teeth are those teeth which are embedded and do not erupt in the oral cavity. These teeth create lot of problems and have to be extracted. Most commonly seen impacted teeth are the third molars (wisdom teeth). The impaction can be soft tissue impaction or the bony impaction. If it is soft tissue impaction then the incision has to be given in the soft tissue above the tooth and then like simple extraction it can be pulled out by using the forceps. But if it is bony impaction then the bone has to be cut and sometimes the tooth is also sectioned. The impaction can be vertical, horizontal or angular depending about the angle of the tooth.