Type of extraction
Depending on the individual patients condition, extractions fall in to 2 general types:
Simple extraction: This type of extraction is only done under local anesthetic. To begin, your dentist will use a tool called an elevator to loosen the tooth. Once the tooth is loose, a forceps is used to completely remove the tooth. The tooth may need to be removed in pieces in more complicated cases to ensure patient comfort.
Surgical extraction: In cases where a simple extraction is not possible, a surgical extraction will be performed by a dental surgeon. Local anesthetic is used for this procedure if only one tooth needs to be extracted. In cases where multiple teeth need to be removed, general anesthetic is used to ensure patient comfort and also to make things easier for the surgeon!