Like many people, you probably wish that your teeth will last a lifetime. However, circumstances often arise that can require the extraction of a tooth (or two). And while many of your teeth can be removed easily, it can become a complicated procedure that becomes more surgical. As a dentist who’s dealt with numerous surgical extractions in his career, Dr. Behnam Rostami knows when such a procedure is necessary.
When a tooth can’t be saved
Usually, teeth are removed when they decay, crowd or undergo trauma. When filling or crowning are no longer possible, extracting the tooth is the next best option. Teeth that don’t have enough support from the underlying jawbone as a result of periodontal disease are also prime candidates for extraction. Infected teeth that have undergone root canal treatment but haven’t responded may also require extraction.
Surgical extraction vs. simple extraction
With a simple extraction, the problematic tooth is visible and can be removed using forceps. However, should the tooth be hidden under the gum tissue, a surgical procedure might be necessary. The dentist will cut into the gum in order to access and extract the tooth. Stitches are required to close the incision and allow for proper healing.
A dentist will come to the conclusion of the need for surgical extraction after they’ve examined the tooth via an x-ray. But there are occasions when a simple procedure can turn surgical, especially if the tooth breaks off.
Dr. Behnam Rostami has experience in a variety of dental procedures thanks to his long career.