Tooth extractions are relatively common dental procedures performed at O’Brien Dental. Procedures range from simple extractions of teeth fully erupted, surgical extractions of complicated tooth bones, or the removal of impacted teeth – meaning those still below the surface.
There are many reasons that could cause you to need an extraction surgery including malformed roots or tooth structures, extensive tooth decay, treatment of advanced gum disease or dental trauma. Only a trained dental professional or oral surgeon can properly diagnose your need for a tooth extraction.
Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to develop. These teeth are found at the back of the mouth and only emerge from the gum line when the jaw is large enough for them. If the jaw never grows large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth or if the teeth appear to be positioned at an angle detrimental to the surrounding teeth, oral surgery is recommended to remove the wisdom teeth in order to prevent crowding of other teeth or infection below the gum line. Wisdom teeth are often removed during adolescence and are one of the most common reasons for dental extraction surgery.
Sometimes teeth can become impacted below the surface of the gums and will require surgery to prevent damage or crowding to the surrounding teeth. In addition to the wisdom teeth, cuspids and bicuspids can also become impacted and need to be removed.
Restorations and Tooth Loss
Dental implants are a common solution for replacing missing teeth and can be an effective alternative to dentures. A dental implant works by replacing of the root of your tooth by surgically anchoring an implant to your jawbone. The process of installing a dental implant first requires that the damaged tooth be surgically removed. Teeth may also need to be extracted prior to a dental patient receiving treatment with a bridge, partial, or full set of dentures.
Removal of Teeth
Occasionally dental patients require the removal of one or many teeth. This may be required because of extensive tooth decay, infection or even to reduce crowding prior to orthodontic treatment.
When a tooth is extracted, oral surgery involves cutting into the gums to remove the tooth and then stitching the gum area to allow it to heal. Patients undergoing oral surgery for a tooth extraction should plan to experience some pain and bruising or swelling following the procedure. However, you should also be able to return to work or other activities quickly, within a day or two depending on the extent of your surgery.
To learn more about dental extractions and treatment with oral surgery, contact O’Brien Dental today.