What is a Surgical Extraction?
Most teeth can be extracted, intact, using the simple principles of moments and levers. This technique is appropriate where the shape of the root of the tooth (i.e. its morphology), the remaining tooth above the gum line and the surrounding tissues and anatomical structures are favourable.
In some situations, it may not be possible to remove the tooth in this ‘simple’ manner and a more technical approach is required.
As with any extraction, a surgical extraction should not cause any discomfort, but the procedure may take longer. The post-operative healing will differ very little from a ‘simple’ extraction, although you will need to return to your dental surgeon a few days later to ensure everything is healing well and to remove any sutures that may have been placed. Almost all patients feel fit enough to return to work the next day, although it is often advised that extreme physical exertion is avoided for 24 to 48 hours post-operatively.
Examples of the types of situation that may require a ‘surgical’ rather than a ‘simple’ extraction include…
- ‘Impacted’ wisdom teeth
- Teeth with large and/or oddly-shaped roots
- Extraction of a tooth where placement of an implant is planned
- A heavily decayed and/or badly broken-down tooth
- Very dense bone
- Proximity to very important and delicate anatomical structures
- Other pathology exists (e.g. cyst)
- Difficult access with ‘conventional’ techniques