When Do You Need to Go with a Surgical Extraction?
Posted on 7/30/2019 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
If you ask anyone if they want to undergo a surgical procedure, you will probably hear a very quick no. There are plenty of reasons that people avoid surgical procedures, but that does not mean they should not get them done. Instead of looking at why a person should not get a surgical extraction, it is better to look at why they should do it.
Two Types of Extraction
When it comes to removing a tooth, there are typically two types to consider. The first type is a simple extraction. This type of extraction is possible when the tooth is able to be seen in the mouth. It involves loosening the tooth with one of our tools called an elevator and then removing the tooth with forceps.
The second type of extraction is a surgical extraction. If the tooth is not visible or there are parts of the tooth that are not visible, surgical extraction can help. A small incision in the gum exposes the tooth for its removal.
When to Turn to Surgical If a person suffers trauma that damages the tooth, it is possible that some of the pieces of the tooth are not visible and will not come out when trying to pull the tooth with forceps. In those cases, using a surgical extraction procedure is the best way to guarantee that all the broken pieces of the tooth are removed.
The more common need for surgical extraction occurs when a tooth cannot erupt through the skin. This can happen any time teeth are growing in whether it is baby teeth or adult teeth. If there is not enough room for a tooth, surgical removal is often necessary.
Wisdom teeth often fail to erupt and can create a big problem. In order to remove these teeth, surgical extraction is almost always the best option.
While people may think that surgical extraction is a scary procedure. It is actually more common than most people realize. It does not require a long hospital stay and the recovery is relatively easy and short.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.