Tooth extraction has always been a part of general dental care, though today, it’s less often recommended than it used to be. Sometimes, however, extracting a tooth isn’t as simple or straight-forward as you might expect, and the prospect of needing surgery for the procedure can cause some people to hesitate to seek treatment. Today, we take a look at the importance of surgical tooth extraction, including the difference between it and traditional tooth extraction, and why it’s important not to hesitate.

What surgical tooth extraction means

Traditionally, extracting a tooth simply means gently grasping and loosening the tooth until it can be safely removed from its socket. However, for some teeth, this may not be possible, which is why surgical tooth extraction might be the better option. Through minimal oral surgery, we can carefully expose all of tooth’s structure, including its root, to remove it all at once. This helps ensure that the procedure doesn’t cause any damage to surrounding teeth and oral tissues, and that all of the tooth’s structure can be successfully removed.

When surgical extraction is necessary for a tooth

The need for surgical tooth extraction can stem from a variety of different reasons, though in each case, it’s the only way to successfully remove the tooth structure and mitigate any threats to your oral health. For example, impacted wisdom teeth are among the most common teeth to need surgical tooth extraction. The nature of impacted teeth is that they’re obstructed and unable to erupt fully, which means grasping and removing the tooth isn’t a viable solution for removing them. Instead, we may need to surgically expose the impacted tooth structure to remove it without harming the surrounding tissues and structures.

Why it’s best to replace it the same day

Whether a tooth is extracted traditionally or surgically, the extraction will result in the loss of the tooth. If it’s an impacted wisdom tooth, this may be the end of the process and your smile will be restored. However, with other extracted teeth, the loss can impact your bite balance and function, as well as the long-term health of your smile. To help you avoid more significant oral health concerns, we may recommend replacing your extracted tooth the same day, preferably with a dental implant post and restoration.

Find out if you need surgical tooth extraction

Surgical tooth extraction is more involved than general tooth extraction, and it may be necessary for several complex oral health concerns. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414. We proudly serve the residents of Ft. Worth, Dallas, Southlake, and all surrounding communities.