A 18-year-old female asked:
which is harder to do.. extracting teeth from the top row or bottom? and why?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Peter Karsant answered
39 years experience Dentistry
Extraction: Generally we finess teeth to extract them and upper or lower are generally the same including impacted teeth. If you understand how mother nature put the teeth in then they are easily finessed on removal making everyone's life easier.
Answered on Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Matthew Hyde answered
41 years experience Dentistry
Lower row: That being said with a good surgeon who has good technique the difference should be minimal. The difference is due to the different types of bone between the upper and lower arches.
Answered on Mar 20, 2015
Dr. Gary Sandler answered
54 years experience Dentistry
Tooth extractions: I have been extracting teeth for over 40 years and personally have found no difference in the difficulty of extracting teeth on the upper jaw vs. the lower jaw. It's more a factor of the size and shape of the roots and the integrity of the tooth. For example, a single rooted tooth, top or bottom is easier to remove than a three rooted molar that is broken down by decay & had root canal therapy.
Answered on Nov 11, 2018
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