Surgical tooth extractions can be used for a variety of reasons. Dr. Gabriel Roybal, DDS, performs simple tooth extractions only when every possible effort has been made to save the tooth. When a tooth extraction is necessary, patients are given a local anesthetic, and can opt for sedation for the procedure. This simple procedure is often used when teeth broken or damaged by decay cannot be fixed with dental crowns or root canals.
Dr. Roybal also does surgical tooth extractions that require an incision when the tooth is hard to reach or still under the gum line. Some reasons for surgical tooth extraction include:
- Wisdom teeth are often removed in late adolescence as they are often impacted, causing pain and swelling
- Extra teeth blocking other teeth from coming in
- Make room for teeth being moved into place during braces
- Teeth at risk of infection due to cancer drugs or exposed to radiation in chemotherapy
While the simple extraction involves physical grasping of the tooth with an instrument to remove visible teeth under local anesthetic, the surgical extraction almost always involves the creation of an incision because it is the removal of teeth that cannot easily be accessed or have not fully emerged from the gum.
More about Surgical Tooth Extractions
When performing a surgical tooth extraction, the surrounding and overlying bone tissue might first be removed, along with the soft tissue covering the tooth. To ease its release, the tooth may be split into several pieces. Once removed you may need a few stitches. Usually, a stronger, general anesthesia is used, especially if several teeth need to be extracted.
Surgical Tooth Extraction and Sedation Dentistry
Just the words “surgical tooth extraction” can bring on a wave of anxiety. Don’t worry. Dr. Roybal offers sedation dentistry in the Santa Fe, NM, conveniently located near the Los Alamos, NM area, so you can get through the procedure with ease and comfort. Dr. Roybal also takes painstaking care to ensure the post-operation period is painless and without complications. Contact us to comfortably take care of your teeth today.