Dentist Explains Extractions

The main focus of today’s article is about extractions and the varying types. For patients who may need an extraction in the near future, this post can provide some insight on the procedure.

Dr. James Fondriest, your Winnetka, IL dentist, discusses extractions with his patients.

Types of Extractions

Simple Extraction

Patients who need simple extractions won’t require any surgery because the tooth has already erupted. Instead, your Winnetka, IL dentist uses some local anesthesia to numb the area before removing the tooth. By using an elevator (the tool that helps extract the tooth) and dental forceps, the tooth is rocked back and forth to loosen the roots. Then, when the tooth has been loosened enough, the doctor uses a gentle lift to extract the tooth.

Surgical Extraction

The most common type of surgical extraction is wisdom tooth removal. In these cases, the tooth hasn’t been able to break the gum line and the doctor uses an incision to access the tooth. For these procedures, the doctor uses both local anesthesia and sedation to make the patient comfortable. Then, the soft tissue and sometimes the bone is elevated to reveal the tooth. Oftentimes, the doctor must break the tooth into several pieces in order to remove it successfully.

When is an Extraction Necessary?

A few factors deem a dental extraction necessary. If a patient has advanced tooth decay where the tooth is no longer salvageable, the dentist opts for an extraction instead. Patients can also have extractions in preparation for the placement of a dental implant.

For surgical extractions, a tooth may have become impacted. This means that the tooth is trapped below the gum line in a manner that’s affecting the surrounding teeth. Impacted teeth can cause patients great discomfort and the removing the tooth brings relief.



If you need a tooth extracted, talk to Dr. Fondriest. With a comprehensive exam, he can determine which type of extraction would work best for you. To schedule an appointment with our dentist, call us at (847) 234-0517. Also, visit our website for services, testimonials, and before-and-after gallery. Dr. Fondriest and his staff welcome patients  and surrounding cities.


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