Some extractions can be done without making any incisions or using special techniques. This is called a simple extraction.
Patients in need of a more complicated tooth extraction are most likely to be referred to an Oral Surgeon.
Do I Need an Oral Surgeon to Remove a Tooth?
Dr. Blackwelder will determine whether the procedure can be done in office or will need to be referred out to an Oral Surgeon. While simple tooth extractions can occur in a general dentist’s office, patients with impacted wisdom teeth or severely damaged or decaying teeth require surgical tooth removal by an Oral Surgeon. Additionally, patients with certain medications or health issues may necessitate a referral to an Oral Surgeon.
When a tooth is broken or decayed, there may not be enough tooth above the gumline, or it may be too fragile to remove intact. The tooth’s shape, size and position also affect whether it is removed with a simple or more involved extraction.
With the exception of wisdom teeth, dental implants are recommended for the replacement of extracted teeth to prevent bone loss and improve functionality.
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