There are two main types of extraction, influenced by the complexity of the procedure:
Simple extraction: The dentist uses the elevator to loosen up the tooth, followed by forceps to remove it completely. In more complicated cases, the tooth may be removed in pieces for patient’s comfort. The simple extraction is performed exclusively under local anesthesia.
Surgical extraction: It is performed by the dental surgeon and it is used only in cases where simple extraction is not possible. When only one tooth must be removed through this procedure, the local anesthetic is used. When two or more teeth need to be extracted, the extraction procedure is done under general anesthesia for patient’s comfort, as well as to ease things up for the dentist.