What most people fear is “losing their natural tooth.”

But, losing one tooth is better than losing all, no?

But, there are a few circumstances that require tooth extraction. These incidents include tooth decay, crowing, accidents, and trauma. Tooth extraction becomes a necessity in such situations.

So, which type of tooth extraction should you get?

Yes, there are types. Two types actually…

  1. Simple tooth extraction 
  2. Surgical tooth extraction


Simple tooth extraction is well…simple!

Your dentist will choose simple extraction if the tooth is visible. A part of the tooth is above the gum line and it can be extracted without any surgery. It is also known as closed tooth extraction.

Does simple tooth extraction hurt?

Even if it hurts, you won’t be able to feel it because of sedatives. Yes, anesthesia is required in simple dental extraction…because you cannot endure the pain without it.

And, does simple tooth extraction take time?

No! It is one of the fastest treatments. If you have any broken or decayed tooth – well, your dentist will get rid of it in 3 minutes…or maybe 5 minutes.


Surgical tooth extraction is a bit complex. Your dentist incises your gums to extract the tooth.

It might sound painful, but it is NOT PAINFUL.

Your dentist uses this method when the situation is severe. If the tooth is broken in a way that it can not be seen above the gumline.

And how long does a surgical tooth extraction take?

Not more than 30 minutes. The process is potentially harmless because of anesthesia. You might feel some sensations but they will not be intense.

How do you know which type of extraction is needed?

Your dentist will use the x-ray machine to answer this question.


Most general dentists are experts in tooth extraction. However, sometimes the simple extraction can switch to surgical extraction.

How? If the teeth break down during the treatment…you will need a surgical dental extraction.


We know you’ve just lost your teeth. You might feel differently as the anesthesia wears off.

So, you must take care of your other teeth and gums.

  • Rest, rest and rest!
  • Do not use straws. It will dislodge the blood clot. Also, avoid spitting or rinsing.
  • Take all the prescribed painkillers.
  • Rinse mouth with salt water after 24 hours.
  • Eat soft food for 1 week (or as your dentist prescribes).
  • Use a soft toothbrush!
  • Floss your teeth in a very gentle way.

Simple or surgical, both extraction will need some time to heal. Be patient.

But, if after 24 hours, the pain and sensitivity become inevitable – call your dentist immediately. The pain might cause extreme irritation and fever. Nausea and shortness of breath is also a bad sign.

Head to your dentist in Chula Vista it gets out of control.

It is true that both treatments are painless because of sedatives. But, you will have to take good care of your mouth post-treatment too.

And, to get simple or surgical extraction, you can also get in touch with our experts in Chula Vista.