Teeth are usually removed due to trauma, periodontal disease, extensive decay or crowding. When a tooth cannot be saved through filling or a crown — usually because of the high level of trauma or extensive decay — the tooth probably must be extracted. The surgical extraction of teeth is the most common surgical procedure provided in United States.

Simple extraction: When a tooth is visible above the gum line and our dentist can easily remove it with forceps, the procedure is called a simple extraction.

Surgical extraction: When the tooth has yet to grow in, the dentist may need to remove tissue or bone in order to extract it. This procedure is called surgical extraction and requires stiches to close the site so that it can heal properly. With surgical extractions, it is possible that Smile Rite II will prescribe a more specific pain medication following the procedure.

An X-ray can determine whether or not the extraction will be simple or surgical. However, there are cases when a simple extraction turns into a surgical one. When a tooth breaks off during the procedure, it may need to be taken out in pieces. Another common surgical extraction is wisdom teeth extraction. Because wisdom teeth are usually impacted—meaning they are not completely erupted into the mouth—it may be necessary for our dentist to cut through bone and tissue to take them out.

Make an appointment for tooth extraction in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, at 717-960-9969, and Dr. Anthony Pfleger will guide you or your child through the procedure.