Surgical extraction

A surgical extraction refers to a dental procedure that is more involved than a simple removal of a tooth with forceps.  Removal of wisdom teeth, or a tooth that is severely broken down may require to be completed surgically.

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Any tooth extraction that is more complicated due to regional factors, such as a cracked or broken tooth, large amount of bone surrounding the tooth, abnormal root anatomy, root canal treated tooth, curved roots and or impacted tooth just to name a few,  can be classified as  surgical.

During a surgical extraction, an incision is frequently made to gain better access to the tooth.  Surgical extractions are performed with a variety of surgical dental instruments as compared to the use of forceps during a simple extraction. Surrounding bone is also frequently removed to gain better access to the involved tooth.  After the procedure is finished sutures may be placed.

Post-operative instructions for a simple and surgical extraction are the same.  Gut sutures dissolve spontaneously after about 5 days.  Patient will usually comeback to have silk or nylon sutures removed about 10 to 14 days after placement.  Chances of getting a dry socket (alveolar osteitis) are greater after a more complex surgical extraction.  Contact your dentist or oral surgeon if you believe that you may have a dry socket.