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In general, oral extractions, sometimes referred to as tooth removal, come in two main forms:

-A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. In a straightforward extraction, Dr. Bryce Searle loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then the dentist uses an instrument called a forceps to remove the tooth.

-Surgical extractions are a more complex procedure. They are used if a tooth breaks off at the gum line or has not erupted past the gums yet. In a surgical extraction, Dr. Bryce Searle makes a tiny cut into your gums. Occasionally it’s necessary to remove some bone structure surrounding the tooth or to slice the tooth into two pieces to eradicate it.

Usually straightforward extractions can be done in a lone visit. You may or may not receive medication to help you relax during a simple extraction procedure, but for a surgical extraction, you will receive sedation.

Once D. Bryce Searle has pulled the tooth, a blood clot typically develops in the socket. Dr. Bryce Searle will stuff a gauze pad into the socket and have you bite down on it to help halt the bleeding. Occasionally he will place self-dissolving stitches to seal the gums on top of the extraction site.

If you need to have a tooth extracted, please don’t hesitate to call 801-770-1222 to set up a consultation appointment at Murdock & Searle Family Dentistry in American Fork, Utah.