Simple Extraction

A simple extraction refers to an uncomplicated removal of a tooth.  Usually the procedure does not require an incision, removal of surrounding bone or suture placement.

Simple extractions are the most commonly performed tooth extractions in a dental office.  The word “simple” refers to how complicated the extraction will be.  A simple extraction would

Simple extractions of teeth
Proper diagnosis is necessary before a tooth is extracted.

consist of removing a tooth with the help of simple surgical equipment (forceps, elevators, ets).  Usually after the patient is anesthetized and the tooth is loosened with an elevator, forceps are used to extract the tooth.  For an extraction to be classified as simple, there has to be enough tooth structure to be able to grasp it with forceps.  Recovery is usually uneventful.  Pain is usually mild to moderate and the extraction site is more sore than painful.   Mild anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Ibuprofen, Motrin, and Advil, take care of any  post-operative discomfort.  Antibiotics are not usually called for during simple extractions, unless there is a large abscess or an active infection present.

The cost of a simple extraction is usually in the 100 to 140 dollar range.  Most dental insurance plans will pay 80 percent of the cost of your extraction.

Post-operative care includes leaving the gauze in place for about a half hour.   Avoiding any hard foods, like nuts, that can get stuck in the socket. Oral hygiene includes brushing the area around the extracted tooth with care.  Not rinsing your mouth too vigorously because the blood clot can get dislodged.  No rinsing with mouthwash for at least 3 days.  For upper, back teeth with roots that were in or close to the sinus, you may need to avoid blowing your nose to allow for proper healing.  Bleeding is normal.  Your extraction site may bleed gently for 24-36 hours.  If you run out of gauze, you can use wet tea bags as a compress to slow down bleeding.  Get your rest, skip your exercise routine for that day.   This will allow for faster healing and less down time.  If you start experiencing any pain or swelling that becomes more severe and it gets worse several days after the extraction, contact your dentist.