Surgical Tooth Extraction

Surgical tooth extractions are the most common surgical procedure performed in the United States.  It is estimated, in this country alone, over twenty million teeth are extracted each year.  Surgical extraction is required when the problem tooth cannot be easily removed.  Routine surgical extraction can be performed under local anesthetic by your general practitioner.

Surgical Extraction:  The Preparation

Before surgical extraction can happen, the dentist must consider the specific conditions and needs of the patient.  Patient risk factors should be considered when discussing surgical extraction.  Criteria such as age, medical health, anatomy of the mouth, anxiety levels and ability to cooperate, all are scrutinized when scheduling a surgical extraction.  In extreme cases, referral to an oral surgeon can be an option.

In preparation for surgical extraction, X-rays will be taken.  This provides accurate mapping of the mouth to help plan the best course of removal.  The X-rays show the relationships of teeth to other teeth, nerves, sinuses and even infections that can be present.  Full medical and dental history, along with any medications the patient is taking should be disclosed prior to the extraction procedure.  Sometimes antibiotics will be prescribed prior to the surgery if the dentist is concerned about infection possibilities.

Surgical Extraction:  The Process

To prepare the patient for surgical extraction, a local anesthetic is first applied to numb the tooth and surrounding area.  Typically within 5 to 10 minutes the area will be completely numb, lasting between 2 to 3 hours.  After numbness has been confirmed by the dentist, the extraction will begin by gaining access to the tooth.  Usually this requires opening the gum tissue with a small incision to expose root or bone.  With more difficult teeth, a sectioning technique is used to make removal easier.  Once the tooth is removed, sutures may be required to close the extraction site.

With flexible appointments and a convenient location, our professional and caring dental team is the right choice for your wisdom teeth extraction needs in Mclean, VA.  Call 703-356-7890 today for your next appointment!