Simple Tooth Extractions
Simple tooth extractions can be done without making any incisions or special techniques. This method is typically referred to as simple extraction, and it may be performed by a general dentist or an oral surgeon. When patients are in need of a more complicated tooth extraction process, they are most likely to be referred to an oral & maxillofacial surgeon, like Dr. Sharma.
Each case is different, and the patient’s unique lifestyle factors play a large role. When a tooth is broken or decayed, there may not be enough tooth above the gumline, or it may be too fragile to remove intact. The tooth’s shape, size and position also affect whether it is removed with a simple or more involved extraction.
Surgical Tooth Extraction
When a dentist refers a patient to Dr. Sharma for tooth extraction, it is to ensure the tooth is removed or managed for the patient’s best treatment options. Occasionally, impacted teeth do require only partial removal or don’t need to be removal at all, and that decision is made between the patient and Dr. Sharma.
Surgical tooth extraction may occur under some form of sedation or anesthesia at the office of an OMS. The time required to perform the procedure will depend on many factors.
- Position of the tooth
- Length and curvature of the root(s)
- Thickness of bone surrounding the tooth
- The patient’s physical health
When gum tissue covers the tooth, an incision is required to expose the tooth for removal. Similarly, if bone covers part of the tooth, the surgeon will remove bone to fully expose and extract the tooth. If an incision is needed, sutures may be placed to aid with healing.
With the exception of wisdom teeth, dental implants are recommended for the replacement of extracted teeth to prevent bone loss and improve functionality. Surgical tooth extraction is simply the first step on the road to improved oral health.