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Though dentists work hard to save damaged teeth, extraction is actually quite common, especially since younger patients often require wisdom tooth removal. But what many don’t realize is that there are actually two types of dental extraction: simple and surgical. While your regular dentist can easily perform a simple extraction, for a complex procedure, it is best to find an experienced oral surgeon in Fort Worth.

Dr. Chris Tye of Texas Oral Surgery Specialists in Colleyville, TX, performs a wide range of procedures, including tooth extraction. With his extensive knowledge and far-reaching education, he is an outstanding choice for your care. Not only can he perform a safe and effective treatment. He can do so with minimal discomfort and recovery time.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

When is standard extraction necessary?

A simple extraction takes place when a tooth is fully erupted above the gums. It may be necessary if your tooth has extensive decay, is broken, or is otherwise severely damaged. Cavities account for 52.2% of extractions, while gum disease is responsible for 35.7%.

In rare instances, a dentist can perform a simple extraction of wisdom teeth. 

When is surgical extraction necessary?

A surgical extraction is needed if bone or gum tissue must be removed to access the tooth. Wisdom tooth removal is most often surgical. This is because it is recommended that patients have their wisdom teeth extracted before they erupt. Early preventive care will help you avoid crowding, infection, and other problems. If patients wait until their third molars have started to come in, they often become impacted, meaning they are trapped underneath gum or bone tissue. This will also require surgical extraction, but in the interim you will be at risk for infection, tooth decay, and significant discomfort.

Surgical extraction may also be necessary if your tooth has broken off below the gum line or if you have unusually deep or curved dental roots. 

How do the procedures differ?

During a simple extraction, a dentist will numb the area. He or she may need to loosen the tooth by gently rocking it back and forth before removing it from the mouth.

During a surgical extraction, an oral surgeon must remove any gum or bone tissue that is blocking the tooth. He may place sutures after the tooth has come out. Because surgical extraction is more extensive, you will likely receive additional pain medication, such as IV sedation or Exparel®.

Why choose Dr. Tye for tooth extraction?

Dr. Tye has dual degrees in medicine and dentistry and is consistently regarded as a top oral surgeon in Fort Worth. Patients appreciate his gentle techniques, precise treatment, and great chairside demeanor

When you need extraction for a damaged tooth, you will need to consider your restorative options. Dr. Tye also places dental implants, the ultimate replacement for missing teeth.

Contact an Outstanding Oral Surgeon in Fort Worth

If you are in need of tooth extraction or another type of oral surgery, contact Texas Oral Surgery Specialists today. Reach us online or by calling (817) 552-3223.

Dr. Tye treats patients in Colleyville, Southlake, Bedford, Grapevine, and the surrounding communities.