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Not all teeth can be pulled via simple tooth extraction.  Sometimes, the tooth will be so decayed or broken off that the dentist will have nothing to grasp above the gum line. In cases such as this, the dentist will need to perform a more complex extraction, which involves getting the tooth out below the gum line, as they won’t be able to use the standard method of pulling and rocking motions.

These types of extractions involve the dentist making an incision in the gums around the tooth and raising the flap they’ve cut to expose the bone. Once they have exposed the bone, there may be enough of the exposed tooth for the dentist to grab and remove it using the pulling method. In most case, however, the tooth will be embedded in the bone, meaning that the dentist will be unable to pull the tooth out.

With teeth that are embedded in the bone, the dentist will need to use a drill and chip away at the bone to get to the tooth. This is known as cutting the tooth out and happens to be very common with impacted teeth or teeth that are severely decayed. Once the dentist has cut his way to the tooth and removed it, they will sew back the flap of skin that was cut to get to the tooth.  The flap of skin and the socket will heal over time.

Dental extractions are very common and happen on a daily basis for dentists. Oral surgeons are the best for extractions, as extractions are their most commonly performed procedures.  All types of extractions, even the most complex, will take time to heal.  As long as you take care of your extraction site, you’ll avoid common pitfalls such as dry sockets and other mishaps.  Although they can be painful once the procedure is over – you’ll eventually start to feel a lot better once you have had the tooth or teeth removed. For more information on dental extractions, contact our office today by calling or clicking the attached link to schedule a consultation with Dr. Richards. Our friendly and knowledgeable team are here to answer any questions you might have about all things dental related. We are currently located in the Corpus Christi area in Texas to better assist you with your oral healthcare. Contact us today.

Staff is very friendly. No wait time. They saw me and my daughter in a timely manner and Dr. Richards was so great! The work I had done was completely pain free... Didn't even feel the shot or the work that was being done. The end results were exactly what I needed! No pain, no complaints. Dr. Richards even called the same evening to see if I was feeling okay and to see if I had any questions... Best dental services I have ever had.Marisa B.
No one likes going to the dentist, so you may as well go to the best - Tilman Richards, DDS. The staff makes you feel like family, the office is beautiful, and Dr. Richards goes to great lengths making sure you're comfortable and in as little pain as possible.Patti G.
My family has been seeing Dr. Tilman Richards for years. Him, his wife and staff are the best. When ever we go for a appointment it's like going and visiting friends. Very friendly, one of the best! I can not say enough good things about him and his staff.Douglas W.
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