Types of Tooth Extractions

A tooth extraction is the process of removing a tooth from its socket. If you have a decayed tooth or a tooth that is damaged beyond a filling or crown, you may need a tooth extraction. Other common scenarios where an extraction is needed is when teeth block others from growing (common with wisdom teeth), or delay of wisdom teeth from falling out. So what should you know if you are needing a tooth extraction?


During your first visit, you will have an X-ray of the jaw to see the best way to remove the specific tooth in question. During this process, it is important to give a history of all the medicine you take, from vitamins to over the counter drugs, together with your dental history. It’s also important to let us know if you become sick the week before your procedure.

Leading up to the surgery: don’t smoke! Aside from other dental issues smoking can cause, it can also cause dry socket, which is very painful.

Types of Extractions

There are two types of extractions, the simple and the surgical extraction.

Simple extraction – is done on a tooth that can easily be seen in the mouth. A general dentist does this very easily with the use of an instrument called an elevator. Once the tooth is made loose, a pair of forceps is used to extract the tooth from its socket.

Surgical Extraction – This is a more complicated procedure, which occurs in case a tooth has broken off at the gum level. In this procedure a cut is made into the gum, which sometimes is required to partially cut the bone around the affected tooth. In other instances, the tooth is split into two halves to extract it.

During the surgery, it is important to note that you should be feeling pressure and not pain. Here at Sorrento Dental Care, we have state-of-the-art technology to help provide minimally-invasive, pain-free procedures.


After a successful surgery, we will provide you with thorough post-op instructions to follow at home. If you do have any pain afterward, make sure to let us know.  If you would like to schedule an appointment, or just have general questions and concerns about a possible tooth extraction, call us at (850) 492-7647 today. We’re here to help.