No one wants to lose a tooth, but Dr. Choi at Danville Family Dentist may recommend a tooth extraction for a decayed or damaged tooth in order to improve the overall health of your mouth. If you’re in the Danville, California, area and have concerns about the health of a tooth, call the office or schedule an appointment today.

Permanent teeth can last a lifetime, but at times the tooth needs removal, this is known as an extraction. We are going to discuss the types of extractions and the causes which lead to tooth be extracted.

What are the factors that lead to Extraction?

The common cause of an extraction is a severely damaged or decayed tooth, which cannot be restored. The other reasons include:

  • Severe infection or a risk of infection
  • An impacted wisdom tooth with unbearable pain.
  • Hyperdontia, blocking the way of other teeth.
  • Fractured or deformed teeth.
  • Periodontal disease or infection.

What are the Types of Extraction?

Extraction seems to be a simple removal of tooth or teeth, but there are two types of Extraction used in Danville Family Dentist


  1. Simple Extraction: it means the removal of the tooth that is easily accessible in the mouth under local anesthesia. The dentist then elevates the gum tissue pulling the tooth back and forth to loosen it and then removes it by forceps.


  1. Surgical Extraction: it means the removal of the tooth that is hidden or is not easily accessible. This type of Extraction requires an incision. The common causes of surgical Extraction are the teeth that are not erupted fully or a broken tooth under the gum. The tooth can be removed by breaking into pieces.

What is Post Extraction Care?

After Extraction, you can go home, but the full recovery of the extraction site may take a few days. Following these steps helps in easing discomfort and speeds the recovery process.

  • Take the medicines as prescribed by the dentist.
  • The dentist places a gauze pad on the extraction site. It is recommended that you bite firmly pressing the gauze. This will stop bleeding by forming a clot. Change the gauze pad if it gets soaked.
  • Avoid spitting or rinsing your mouth forcefully as this can start bleeding from the site again.
  • Eat soft foods until one day after Extraction and gradually add solid foods.