Surgical tooth extraction is a procedure used for removing a tooth that consists of additional surgical steps that are not required during routine extractions. During the surgical extraction, the dentist makes an incision on a section of the gum tissue.
Tooth extraction is a relatively simple procedure performed using a local anesthetic or dental sedation. To ensure a speedy recovery we will provide information on caring for your mouth after the extraction. This often includes rinsing with warm water, a soft diet for a day or two, and changing the gauze to prevent infection.
Reasons You May Need Surgical Tooth Extraction
- Broken Teeth
- Fragile or Cracked Tooth
- Teeth With Long / Curved Roots
- Long and Large Roots
- Thin or Fragile Roots
- Impacted Teeth
- Soft Tissue Impaction where the tooth is buried by a layer of gum tissues.
- Partial- bony impactions where the upper portion of the tooth is buried underneath the gums and partially encased by bone.
- Full- bony impaction where the impacted teeth are fully encased in the jawbone
Is Oral Surgery Painful?
A local anesthetic or dental sedation is used when needed to ensure optimal relaxation and comfort during the procedure. Side effects and recovery are dependent upon the treatment you receive and your overall health and wellness. For most oral surgical procedures, patients can expect to experience some swelling, bleeding, and discomfort for the first 24 hours.
Do You Offer Dental Sedation?
Elevate Dental Implant Center offers dental sedation options to meet the varying needs of our patients. We offer oral conscious sedation, nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and the option for general anesthesia in our office. We will discuss your comfort needs during your consultation.
What Are the Dietary Restrictions After Oral Surgery?
There will be some dietary restrictions for a couple of days in most cases. Our dental care team will go over our recommendations before your procedure so that you know what to expect. A soft diet that minimizes pressure on treated areas is typical.
Protect Gums to Speed Up Healing Time
Aftercare will affect your healing time, so follow the dentist’s instructions. Here are a few tips:
- Take pain relievers
- Use ice packs to reduce swelling
- Use saline water to rinse off the gum
- Don’t use a straw to avoid breaking the blood clot
- Elevate the head to stop bleeding
- Eat foods that require less chewing
- Brush and floss your teeth as you normally do, but avoid the site
- Limit activity for 24 to 48 hours
If you experience sudden or throbbing pain, call the office as soon as possible to have the problem accessed and cared for.