Complex Surgical Tooth Extractions

A complex tooth extraction will encompass all the other types of extractions when the process of prying out a tooth is not as simple. In these cases, surgery is needed to assist with removing the tooth.

How Do I Know If I Need It?

If your teeth are broken or severely decayed, and your dentist is unable to repair them with fillings, root canals, or a simple extraction, a surgical extraction may be your best option. Tooth extractions may also be necessary when primary teeth don’t fall out on their own, wisdom teeth become impacted, or severe infection of the tooth prevents a person from receiving an organ transplant.

What Does The Procedure Look Like?

Usually a sharp instrument will be used to remove the root by exerting pressure between the root and the surrounding bone structure, a technique known as luxation.

Molars have multiple roots and sometimes can be removed separately, but not all roots or fragments of roots can be removed this easily. In that case, the oral surgeon will go ahead and make an incision in the gums and around the tooth to raise a flap of tissue so that the tooth and surrounding bone is exposed.

Sometimes, after the flap is raised, there is enough of the tooth exposed to grab and remove it as in a simple extraction. If luxation fails, the dentist must take a drill and cut away some of the surrounding bone in order to get a better grasp on the tooth. After the tooth has been removed out of the artificially enlarged socket, the dentist then sews the flap of tissue back together.

What Is The Recovery Time?

You will probably experience some mild discomfort, but taking prescribed pain medications can assist with that. Some bleeding is also expected. Ice packs can relieve pain and swelling. It is strongly advised not to spit or use a straw within the first 24 hours of a dental extraction; this may cause a painful condition known as dry socket. Call your dentist or oral surgeon if pain or bleeding increases or persists after several days.

Am I A Candidate?

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