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Tooth Extractions


Illustration of a tooth being extractedPatients are likely to experience a tooth extraction for any of a number of reasons. This could be due to a wisdom tooth causing severe pain, tooth decay compromising a tooth, or to have a worn-down tooth replaced with a synthetic one. While the reasons may vary, it can be important to our patients’ oral health to have these teeth extracted as soon as possible. Surf City Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery can assess your oral complications and advise you on the treatment options available.

Why Do I Need a Tooth Extracted?


Teeth can become compromised or impacted due to several different oral issues. One of the most common tooth extractions performed by our oral surgeons is due to wisdom teeth pain. This is caused by wisdom teeth emerging at awkward angles and putting pressure on the surrounding tissue and teeth. Another reason that a tooth may need extraction is due to tooth decay, when the damage to the tooth is so severe that there is no amount of enamel that can be saved via a restorative procedure. Often, fillings, crowns and root canal treatment can be performed to save as much of a natural tooth as possible. However, if the tooth is too impacted, it must be removed for the bettering of a patient’s overall oral health. Periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, can cause bone damage and gum recession in the oral cavity, causing teeth to become loose and ineffective. Patients may opt for synthetic teeth, in order to strengthen their oral cavity, although they often need bone grafts to replace the bone density lost from the disease.

What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?


Tooth extractions are a routine procedure that can take anywhere between 20 to 60 minutes, depending on how many teeth are being removed and how difficult they are to extract. Local anesthetic will be used in most cases. The tooth will be loosened using an implement called an elevator. Then, with a pair of forceps, the oral surgeon will gently pull the tooth out. Sometimes, an incision must be made in the gum to pull the tooth. There are occasions where the tooth has to be removed in parts. After tooth extraction, some patients opt for synthetic teeth to be immediately placed into their oral cavity. This does not allow the gum to heal properly first, which means that the restorative appliance will need some adjusting in the future. However, it does allow the patient to leave the procedure without needing further surgeries. When a patient has teeth removed, and the patient does not have immediate surgery for synthetic teeth, our team will advise having synthetic teeth placed in the near future, as gaps in the oral cavity create oral complications such as bone resorption. One of our oral surgeons can advise our patients on the possible treatments available.

Surf City Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery can perform this routine procedure for you, and our team can offer the most professional care throughout the treatment plan. Our team offers a range of restorative treatments after extractions, including implants, All-on-4® Treatment, and dentures. Call our office at 657-384-2787 to find out more about our treatment plans.
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