General Dentistry - Tooth Extraction

Do I need a Tooth Extraction?

If your tooth:

  • has a large and deep cavity
  • has extensive gum disease
  • is severely infected
  • is infected or damaged and you choose not to get a root canal

A tooth extraction may be necessary.

The cost of the extraction depends on how difficult the tooth is to remove.

There are two main types of extractions.

Simple extraction:

The dentist is able to completely remove the tooth in one piece.

Surgical extraction:

Surgical extractions are more complex. The tooth is so badly damaged the dentist is unable to remove it in one piece. In this case, the dentist makes a small incision near the tooth and completely removes the tooth in sections.

Simple extractions cost less and are quicker than surgical extractions. Many times the dentist doesn't know which type of extraction you'll need until he begins the procedure so you should be prepared for either kind.