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While extractions are usually performed to maintain proper oral hygiene, sometimes they are done to address tooth pain or other dental issues. When a tooth is severely decayed or infected and can’t be treated with an endodontic procedure or a filling, a surgical extraction may be necessary to relieve discomfort and prevent further complications. Surgical extractions are also performed at Dr Be Smiles, when your wisdom teeth are impacted or trapped beneath your gums and jawbone. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause swelling, pain, and infection. Also, impacted teeth can be damaging because they can grow sideways toward your other healthy teeth. Additionally, they can damage the roots of nearby teeth, causing them to become loose and eventually fall out.

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The Procedure for Surgical Extractions

During a surgical procedure, the dentist makes a small incision in the patient’s gum line and uses forceps to remove the affected teeth and their roots. In most cases, local anesthesia is used to numb the gums and surrounding teeth, ensuring patient comfort. Once the process is over, patients should schedule a follow-up appointment with the dentist for an evaluation and further treatment. A patient who undergoes surgical extraction will need to address the gap in their smile with a dental implant, bridge, or denture. These restorations will restore the affected tooth's functionality and the smile's aesthetic. They will also help to prevent surrounding teeth from shifting out of alignment over time. In some cases, patients must undergo bone grafting before getting these restorations. This treatment will help ensure the jawbone can heal adequately to support the restoration.

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The Benefits of Surgical Extractions

Less Discomfort

Surgical extractions are performed using sedation dentistry or other forms of anesthesia, which can help patients feel little to no pain during the procedure. Patients can typically return home the same day of their extraction and resume their normal activities within a few days.

Less Risk of Infection

Surgical extraction removes any infection lingering in the jawbone and surrounding tissue. This can help prevent the development of an abscess in the jaw. If an abscess forms, it may spread bacteria to the rest of the body and cause other serious health problems.

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Better for Removing Impacted Teeth

Extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary to prevent impact on another tooth or to prepare for orthodontic treatments. Impacted teeth can cause pain and even damage to the surrounding healthy teeth. When a tooth is impacted, the gum tissue cannot keep it in place. This can lead to infection, gum disease, and bone loss that may make the tooth non-restorable. Surgical extraction may be necessary when the impacted tooth cannot be dislodged with gentle pressure.

Surgical extractions are performed when a tooth cannot be saved due to decay or trauma. For more information, visit Dr Be Smiles at 4511 N Midkiff Rd, Suite E-15, Midland, TX 79705, or call (432) 520-4867.

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4511 N Midkiff Rd, Suite E-15,
Midland, TX 79705

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