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For a simple extraction, the dentist loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then the dentist uses forceps to remove the tooth. A surgical extraction – this is a more complex procedure, which is used if a tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not erupted in the mouth.

Did you know...

There are multiple reasons why a patient might need their tooth extracted. You might need the tooth extracted if:

  • The tooth is severely decayed

  • Advanced gum disease is present

  • The tooth is broken in such a way that it cannot be repaired The tooth is poorly positioned in your mouth (impacted)

  • To prepare for orthodontic treatment, implants or dentures

  • The space created by the removal of a tooth can lead to shifting teeth, which can alter your bite alignment and the appearance of your smile. Removing a tooth can also lead to problems with your ability to chew or speak clearly. With this in mind, your dentist will discuss your options if you choose to get the tooth extracted.

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