If a tooth has been broken or affected by decay, your dentist will try to treat it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes, if there is too much damage for the tooth then it needs to be extracted or treated with other surgical procedures. The surgical extraction is a complex procedure and used if a tooth has broken off at the gum line or has not come into the mouth yet.
- Your dentist or oral surgeon will take an X-ray of the area to help plan the best way to treat the affected tooth.
- The doctor makes a small incision into your gums.
- For a surgical extraction, you will receive a local anesthetic, and you may also have intravenous anesthesia. Some people may require general anesthesia. They include patients having specific medical or behavioral conditions and young children.
- The usage of antibiotics used in the procedure reduces the risk of infections by 70% and lowers the incidence of dry socket.
Surgical extractions are most commonly done by oral surgeons and also by general dentists. During a tooth extraction, you can expect little pressure, but no pain. If you feel any pain or pinching, inform your doctor. A dry socket lesion develops in about 3% to 4% of all tooth extractions. Your doctor will give you complete instructions on what to do and what to expect after tooth extraction. If you have any questions, make sure to ask them before you leave the office.