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Dental extractions can be a beneficial option for a variety of reasons:

  1. When damage to a tooth is so severe that the tooth is not salvageable
  2. To prevent the spread of infection or decay
  3. To make room for orthodontia in an overcrowded mouth

There are two types of dental extractions: simple and surgical.
Simple extractions refer to teeth that are visible over the gum line. Dentists will typically use standard dental tools to slowly rock the tooth out of place to extract it. This can sometimes refer to wisdom teeth, but cases vary.

Surgical extractions are for teeth that are below the gum line (also known as impacted), broken, or difficult to extract. Surgical extractions of wisdom teeth are sometimes performed under general anesthesia, which Dr. Toy, DDS provides in Ventura County.

Extractions require post-healing measures that the patient must undertake. Most extractions will result in bleeding, which patients can remedy by biting on a gauze pad as a form of pressure. If patients should continue to experience heavy bleeding after 24 hours, they should consult Dr. Toy immediately. After any simple or surgical extraction, follow instructions to protect against a painful condition known as ‘dry socket’. Dry sockets occur when the blood clot that forms in the socket over the bone and nerves to protect it from damage is dislodged or removed. This can lead to painful exposure to the nerve and bone from air, food, and beverages. Smoking increases the chances of dry socket. If patients experience extreme pain a few days after a tooth extraction, they should contact Dr. Toy immediately.