Are you in need of dental extractions? Making a visit to a dentist could be the best decision you make for all of your dental problems, including tooth decay that has destroyed so much of the tooth structure that restoration is not possible. Other reasons for dental extractions include severe periodontal disease, fractured teeth, extra teeth, and routinely painful or impacted wisdom teeth.In preparation, a dentist will ask about your dental and medical history and take x-rays of the area where the tooth is to be removed. Depending upon the condition of the teeth and gums, a dentist may also prescribe antibiotics that are to be taken before or after the procedure to clear up any infections. The two kinds of dental extractions are simple and surgical. A simple extraction refers to the procedure performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth. Most simple extractions can be performed under local anesthesia. The dentist grasps the tooth with forceps and moves them back and forth to loosen the tooth. Once sufficiently loose, the dentist will extract the tooth from the gums.Surgical dental extractions are performed on teeth that are not visible in the mouth. This generally applies to teeth that have broken off at the gum line. Surgical extractions are usually performed by oral surgeons under local anesthesia or sedation. In surgical extractions, an incision is made in the gum, and the tooth may even need to be broken into several sections to be completely removed. Most simple dental extractions do not cause excessive discomfort afterward. Depending upon the procedure, pain medication may not be required at all, or the dentist may recommend taking an over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for several days. Surgical extractions may cause some pain after the procedure depending on the difficulty of the extraction. Dr. Cammie Housh and Dr. Mike Housh our seasoned dentists, with years of experience in treating patients and performing treatments from basic procedures to complicated oral surgeries.Regular checkups are vital for maintaining your overall dental health. Contact us and make an appointment today!