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Simple tooth extractions are a tooth removal procedure that can be accomplished from above the gums using traditional elevator and forcep instruments. It is a process of removing teeth without the need of surgical techniques, which are call surgical tooth extractions.
Generally, teeth that are candidates for simple tooth extractions have straight roots and enough solid tooth structure extending through the gums to grasp and manipulate with the instruments. “Simple” implies that the tooth is not cut into pieces and no incision is made in the gum tissues to gain access to the tooth.
Tooth extractions, both simple and surgical, are prescribed if teeth are too extensively damaged from decay or trauma to be fixable, or if they are infected and the patient is not a candidate for root canal treatment (endodontics). Tooth extractions are also frequently prescribed when the teeth in one or both jaws are severely crowded, and straightening the teeth would require unnecessarily complex orthodontics with a compromised treatment outcome. Most commonly, either two or four bicuspid teeth are removed in cases of significant crowding.
Sometimes the decision to remove a tooth is based on cost, if the procedures required to restore it would involve significant expense. This is especially true if the likelihood of long-term success is not good.
Advantages and Benefits of Simple Tooth Extractions
Removal of infected teeth eliminates the source of the infection, and generally brings fairly rapid relief from pain and swelling.
Removal of teeth from severely crowded dental arches provides more space in which to move the remaining teeth to straighten and better align the teeth from the upper and lower jaws.
Removal of teeth having a questionable long-term prognosis can lead to a much more successful treatment outcome.
Other Treatment Options
If your tooth is infected, and it is not feasible to fix it, there may be no practical option to removing it. Treatment of recurring infections of known cause with antibiotics may not be considered medically responsible. This is because the bacteria that cause infections can develop resistance to repeatedly administered antibiotics, and the infections may become very difficult or impossible to treat, resulting in a potential life threat.
Root canal (endodontic) treatment can be an alternative to tooth removal for infected teeth. However, an evaluation of the restorability of the tooth should be taken into account before the cost and time of undergoing a root canal procedure are invested. If the tooth requires extensive procedures to restore, and isn’t expected to have a good long-term chance of success, extraction may be the better option.
Endodontic treatment may be recommended for infected teeth that have a poor prognosis if the patient is not a candidate for tooth removal, such as with patients on some osteoporosis medications.