When Does Surgical Tooth Extraction Become a Necessity?
Posted on 5/20/2016 by Dr. Michael Allard
No one wants to have a tooth removed, but sometimes, circumstances arise where your dentist cannot save your tooth and recommend removal. In these cases, extractions are needed for your continued dental health. While some of your teeth can be removed easily, others will require the use of surgery.
Simple and Surgical Extractions
Surgical tooth extractions are one of the most common oral surgery procedures. If the tooth is visible, it may be removed with forceps, known as a simple extraction.
However, if a tooth hasn't grown in or has another complication, surgical extraction might be required. In these cases, stitches are needed to close up the site for proper healing, and you may need pain medication and antibiotics following the procedure to ensure your continued health.
Reasons for Extracting Your Tooth Surgically
After your dentist has taken the time to examine your tooth and has taken x-rays to further explore the extent of the damage, he will be able to determine the type of extraction that you need.
Wisdom teeth are most likely going to require surgical extraction because they often become impacted, meaning they won't fully erupt in your mouth. This requires cutting down through the tissue and bone in order to remove all of the tooth.
There are other cases where surgical extractions might be required. In the case of a tooth that is severely broken down, or if your tooth has long or curved roots, surgery will often be required.
There are also scenarios where your extraction starts as a simple extraction, but then needs to turn into a surgical procedure. This is usually the result of a tooth breaking during the procedure. If this happens, surgery might be needed to remove the tooth in pieces.
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