When a tooth is damaged beyond repair or risks affecting the integrity of the neighboring teeth or the patient’s overall oral health, it needs to be removed. A severely damaged tooth can cause damage to the adjacent oral tissues and impact your oral health. Wisdom teeth can cause painful complications such as infections.

At Venetian Pointe Dentistry, our gentle dentists are experienced in performing simple and surgical tooth extractions and only recommend this option when a tooth cannot be restored or risks causing further damage to your oral health.

Types of Extractions

Simple Extractions

A simple extraction is performed when the tooth is visible above the gum line. A local anesthetic is used to ensure the patient is comfortable during the procedure. An elevator is then used to loosen the tooth from the periodontal ligament and ease it out of the mouth.

Surgical Extractions

This type of extraction is performed when the tooth cannot be easily removed because it is broken beneath the gum line or is impacted. The surgical procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia. A small incision is made in the gums, and the affected tooth is loosened and removed. If bone removal is necessary, tissue grafting is normally required to rebuild the area and ensure proper healing.

Reasons for Extracting a Tooth

Advanced Gum Disease

In cases of advanced periodontal disease, the supporting structures around the tooth, including the gums and bone, may become severely damaged. Extraction may be required if the tooth becomes loose and cannot be saved through treatments such as scaling and root planing or gum surgery.

Tooth Infection or Abscess

An abscess can form when a tooth becomes infected, often due to deep decay or a fracture that allows bacteria to enter the tooth's pulp. If the infection is severe and cannot be effectively treated with antibiotics or root canal therapy, extraction may be necessary to eliminate the source of the infection.

Crowding or Misalignment

Sometimes, teeth may be crowded or misaligned, preventing proper alignment and functioning of the bite. In such cases, extraction of one or more teeth may be necessary to create sufficient space for orthodontic treatment, such as braces, to align the remaining teeth properly.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, often do not have enough space to erupt properly. They may become impacted, namely partially or fully trapped beneath the gum line. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to pain, infection, damage to adjacent teeth, or cysts. In such cases, extraction is commonly recommended.


For gentle care tailored to your unique needs, visit Dentist in Orlando, FL at Venetian Pointe Dentistry at 5940 Turkey Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819, or call (407) 352-6959.

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