No one wants to lose a tooth, but if a tooth must be removed, you want a specialist to perform your extraction. Oral surgeons have an intricate understanding of the teeth, bones, nerves and other tissues involved when tooth extraction is performed. With 4-6 years of additional education and training after dental school completion and time spent as a hospital resident, an oral surgeon is more qualified to perform tooth extractions than a general dentist. Many local dentists refer their patients to our team at Stafford Oral Surgery & Specialists for oral surgical procedures when a tooth extraction is necessary.
When is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?
In most cases, dentists want to save natural teeth whenever possible. However, if a tooth is diseased or obstructing healthy tooth growth, it may need to be removed. Common teeth that require extraction are wisdom teeth. They are the most common tooth to become impacted, meaning they become lodged in the gum or grow the wrong direction. Wisdom teeth can also be hard to clean, making them more likely to become decayed and contribute to gum disease.
While wisdom teeth are the most common “healthy” tooth to be removed, many other circumstances can lead to tooth extractions, including:
- Damaged teeth that cannot be repaired
- Orthodontic treatment
- Diseased teeth that will be replaced with dental implants
- To accommodate dentures or other dental restorations
Most tooth extractions are quick and without complications. However, roots of the teeth can become twisted, causing difficulty in removal. Impacted teeth are also more complicated to remove. Having an oral surgeon perform the procedure ensures you have a qualified dental specialist that is experienced in handling any difficulties that may arise during your extraction.
At Stafford Oral Surgery & Specialists, we want to make sure all our patients feel at ease during their tooth extraction procedure. We offer various levels of anesthesia and sedation to ensure you will feel no pain or discomfort during your tooth extraction. Contact our office today to learn more about the insurance plans we accept and our sedation options for tooth removal procedures.