What is a surgical extraction?
A surgical extraction is the type of extraction needed to remove a tooth with complications such as a fracture below the gum line or a tooth has not yet or only partially erupted through the gum.
Commonly, lower wisdom teeth need to be removed with a surgical approach.
Unlike a simple extraction, your tooth needs to be exposed prior to removal. Depending on the location of the of the tooth and other factors, your tooth may be extracted at this time using the same technique as a simple extraction.
In cases where the tooth cannot be immediately extracted, it may be fragmented into smaller pieces that are easier for the dentist to remove.
Tooth extractions are performed under local anesthetic so you will not feel anything during the procedure. Like any treatment, you may experience some mild discomfort afterwards, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain relief and will subside within a week to two.
What options do I have after an extraction
After a tooth has been extracted, there are other treatments that mean you are not left with a gap. These include dental bridges, implants, and dentures. We will work with you to find the option that is most suitable for yourself.