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Why Does My Tooth Extraction Require Oral Surgery?

August 03, 2022

By Innovative Implant and Oral Surgery

In most cases, the reason oral surgery is required for a tooth extraction is that the tooth is impacted—that is, it has failed to erupt through the gum. Thus, an oral surgeon will need to make an incision in order to access the tooth and remove it. Generally, your dentist can identify whether the tooth can be removed without surgery or whether a surgical approach will be required.

Innovative Oral Surgery & Dental Implants uses the latest dental technology to provide our patients with exceptional treatment, including pain-free sedation options to make sure your procedure is a comfortable and successful experience.

Why You May Need a Tooth Extraction

When possible, your dentist will try to save a tooth. However, there are times when a tooth is simply too damaged to be saved. When that happens, your dentist will either remove the tooth or refer you to an oral surgeon for a surgical extraction. There are a wide array of reasons why a tooth may need to be removed, including:

  • Some of your teeth have become severely decayed
  • You have teeth that are too crowded
  • You suffer from advanced gum disease
  • You are experiencing problems with your wisdom teeth

If it’s time for a tooth to go, then it’s ideal not to delay the procedure. The sooner you have a tooth removed, the less likely it is that you will suffer complications.

What to Expect From the Tooth Extraction Procedure

Tooth extraction is a relatively straightforward procedure, but the surgery may differ depending on the status of your tooth. If the tooth is completely impacted, for example, the procedure may be more extensive. Your oral surgeon will begin by doing a series of X-rays to provide a picture of your mouth and determine the right approach to take. During the procedure, you may receive a local or general anesthetic in order to enhance your comfort.

Aftercare for a tooth extraction procedure is generally quite easy. Get plenty of rest on the day after your surgery and use a gauze pad on the surgical site as advised by your oral surgeon. Avoid smoking, spitting, or drinking through a straw for the first 1 to 2 days following the procedure. Use ice packs to bring down any swelling that occurs, and take prescribed painkillers as needed. If you have any questions, then contact your oral surgeon.


Why You Should Call Innovative Oral Surgery & Dental Implants

At Innovative Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, our oral and maxillofacial surgeons have the knowledge and experience necessary to provide the right care for your oral health. If you would like to request an appointment at one of our locations in Feasterville, Newtown, or Abington, get in touch with us today! Our team will be happy to discuss your options with you.