Tooth extractions may be necessary for a wide assortment of reasons. Tooth decay is one of the chief factors that influences the decision to get your tooth pulled, though teeth are sometimes removed for cosmetic purposes or to fix issues such as overcrowding. The talented team at the Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry is adept at performing a tooth removal procedure, with thousands of happy patients having had unnecessary teeth removed.

Not only do these tooth removals result in a better looking smile, but in many instances, patients with tooth pain find relief through getting a tooth pulled. The many different extractions performed can be broken down into two different categories, simple and surgical.

Simple Extractions

Simple extraction is a tooth removal that occurs with teeth that can be seen within the mouth. In most instances, these teeth are removed with the use of a local anesthetic. These teeth extractions take very little time, as the patient remains awake, and the dentist removes the tooth using a pair of specialized forceps and a tool known as an elevator. In these extractions, the tooth is most often removed in one piece.

Surgical Extractions

Surgical extractions involve getting a tooth pulled that cannot be seen visibly. This can occur for multiple reasons, including teeth that have erupted underneath the gums or those that have yet to emerge.

An example of a common surgical tooth removal is the extraction of wisdom teeth, which are often extracted because the patient's mouth lacks the necessary space for them. For surgical extractions, the patient undergoes general anesthesia. In addition to getting your tooth pulled, surgical extractions may include the removal of excess tissue within the mouth.

The Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Austin is home to a specialized team of dental professionals who are adept at performing teeth extractions. We consult with patients regarding the appearance of their smile, and work to develop a treatment plan that will work best for their particular situation.

Should you have any questions regarding the treatment, we will be happy to answer them and assist you in resolving any apprehension about the procedure. Contact the Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today to see if you could benefit from a tooth removal.