When Does an Oral Surgeon Need to Be Involved with Tooth Removal?
Your teeth are the strongest substance in your body, and can withstand a significant amount of daily use. However, they are not indestructible. Your teeth can be faced with serious issues such as damage or decay. When your teeth are damaged, it is generally preferred to restore them, giving them back their strength and functionality while preventing further complications. However, there are some situations in which teeth need to be removed. In some of these situations, an oral surgeon is actually recommended. Pacific Oral & Facial Surgery Center can help.
Better Suited to Handle Potential Issues During Removal
Even routine tooth removal procedures can have something go wrong. A tooth may chip or break during the removal process. It may turn out that you need to have some bone or soft tissue removed. A sinus cavity may become exposed. These issues are not often readily apparent until the removal process has begun. A general dentist may not be equipped to deal with them. As oral surgeons, we have the tools, the technology, and the expertise to handle any complications that might arise as your teeth are being removed.
You Have a More Complex Situation
If your tooth removal will be more complex, having an experienced oral surgeon is essential. There are several situations that would qualify as complex. These situations include
Your Teeth are Cracked or Broken
If your tooth is cracked or broken, there is a good chance that it will continue to break further during the tooth removal process. This can cause complications during the procedure. We are experienced in dealing with this potential issue and are prepared to deal with it should it occur.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Impacted teeth are ones that cannot erupt through the gums. They may only erupt partially or they may not erupt at all. This issue commonly affects the wisdom teeth, or third molars. If you have impacted wisdom teeth, an oral surgeon is needed. In order to remove them, incisions need to be made in your gums. You may require the removal of soft tissue or bone. The teeth may also need to be sectioned and removed in pieces. The removal of impacted wisdom teeth also sometimes requires general anesthesia, which we can provide.
You Need Anesthesia for Your Removal
Not all patients can have teeth removed under just a local anesthetic. You might feel anxious or nervous, which can make you avoid getting the tooth removed. You might be unable to sit still, which can interfere with your safety during the procedure. As oral surgeons, we offer a variety of different sedation options, including general anesthesia. With general anesthesia, you sleep during your tooth removal. We also have a trained professional monitor you during the process to ensure your utmost safety.
You Have Been Recommended by Your General Dentist
In some cases, you may be recommended to see an oral surgeon by your general dentist. This is done for a reason. Your situation may be beyond the expertise of your general dentist and you require a more specially trained professional. It is best that you follow the advice.
While saving a damaged tooth is preferred, it is not always possible. If you need to have a tooth removed, call Pacific Oral & Facial Surgery Center at 925-290-7727 today.
Board certified in Oral & Maxillofacial surgeryThe surgical specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery requires up to six additional years of hospital based surgical and anesthesia training beyond dental school.
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