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Surgical Extractions

Surgical Extractions

Tooth extractions are performed for a variety of reasons. Typically, a tooth is extracted by numbing the area with a local anesthetic and applying pressure until the tooth is loose and can be safely pulled. However, the simple extraction technique does not always work for all situations. Some cases require surgical steps in order to remove the tooth quickly, smoothly, and safely.

Situations that may require a surgical extraction include:

  • Broken or fragile teeth
  • Long or curved tooth roots
  • Impacted teeth (most commonly wisdom teeth)
  • Root tip removal

A few different techniques can be performed during a surgical extraction. These include lifting the gum tissue, removing bone tissue around the tooth, or sectioning the tooth by cutting it into smaller parts for easier removal. Your dentist will determine the best course of action for your treatment.

The Procedure

Your dentist might prescribe an analgesic, or painkiller, to take before the appointment starts. Before the procedure is performed, a local anesthetic is injected to the numb the area. You may also be given an inhalation or oral sedative agent to help you relax during the procedure without feeling any pressure. The tooth will be removed using one of the techniques listed above. Gauze will be applied to stop the bleeding and help a blood clot form to help the area begin to heal.

It is important to have someone with you during the procedure to take you home afterward. Your dentist will prescribe painkillers to take after the procedure, along with a list of post-surgical instructions. It is important to follow these instructions for a quick recovery.

For questions about surgical extractions, please contact our office.