If a tooth has been broken or damaged by cavities, we will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other dental treatment. But when there's too much damage for the tooth to be repaired, the tooth may need to be extracted or removed from its socket in the bone.

A simple extraction is procedure on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. For a simple extraction, the dentist loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then uses forceps to remove the tooth.

A surgical extraction is a more complex procedure, which is used if a tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not erupted in the mouth. The dentist will make a small incision into your gum to surgically remove the broken tooth or impacted wisdom tooth.


Crown lengthening

This is a common surgical procedure. Gum tissue, bone or both are removed to expose more of a tooth. This can happen when a tooth breaks off at the gum line. It also can happen when a crown or filling falls out of a tooth and there is decay underneath. To place a filling or crown, your dentist needs to expose more of the tooth. This is done by removing some gum tissue or bone. Some people have a lot of gum tissue around their upper teeth. This is called a "gummy smile." and can be treated with crown lengthening.
Crown lengthening