Extractions & Exposure
At Perio Clinic Oakville, we want you to love your smile. We routinely perform dental extractions on teeth that may be considered hopeless or unrestorable, including regular dental, surgical, and wisdom teeth extractions.
Dental extractions may require the removal of broken or embedded roots, requiring an experienced dentist to perform the procedure. We also provide sedation options for our patients, so any necessary procedures are both comfortable and stress-free.
How We Treat Dental Extractions
When a tooth can’t be saved, it needs to be extracted from the mouth. Damaged tooth extractions are often necessary because if they are not extracted, other dental problems will occur. If your tooth requires extraction, we will review your options for tooth replacement and ensure that you have the best solution. There are two different types of dental extractions — simple and complex.
Simple tooth extractions are performed on teeth that can be seen and therefore are easily accessible.
Surgical tooth extractions are performed when it is necessary to make an incision in order to see and extract a tooth.
How Dental Extractions are Performed
Simple tooth extractions require the use of a local anesthetic, preventing patients from experiencing any discomfort or pain while the tooth is being extracted from the mouth. A special instrument is first used to detach the tooth from the periodontal ligament fibers. Another instrument is then used to loosen the tooth further so it can be extracted from its socket.
Surgical tooth extractions require a strategic incision to be made in order to expose an impacted tooth. It may be necessary to break up and remove the tooth in pieces in order to prevent damaging any nearby nerves or tissues. Regardless of the process, we use minimally-invasive techniques to ensure your comfort and speedy recovery.
What is Surgical Exposure?
When a tooth fails to properly erupt, it often becomes impacted. Impacted tooth treatment is essential to prevent someone from experiencing additional dental problems, like the improper eruption of nearby teeth, cyst formation, possible infection, and destructive changes within the jaw.
Surgical exposure is a necessary procedure that treats impacted teeth vs. having to extract them, as not all impacted teeth require a dental extraction.
How is it Performed?
A surgical exposure requires patients to undergo a small procedure to expose the impacted tooth within the bone. Surgical exposures are performed in our practice at Perio Clinic Oakville and require patients to undergo sedation. An incision is made through the gum, and sometimes through the bone, to encourage the tooth to finally erupt. A bracket or button is then attached, allowing the tooth to be guided into its proper position using orthodontic forces.
Surgical exposure includes both open exposures and closed exposures. The type of exposure used is dependent on each patient’s individual situation.
“I can’t say I love going to the dentist, but my recent experience was great, despite it being a difficult extraction. It was as promised painless, even afterwards. So thank you Dr. Mohamed to you and your wonderful staff, Bernie and Jen. I can’t say enough, but I will certainly recommend your services, in fact already have.”
Why Choose Perio Clinic Oakville for Treatment?
Our specialty dental office focuses on periodontics and surgical dental implantology. Our periodontal team provides our patients with high-quality dental care services they need for good oral health. Our patients benefit from having healthy teeth that will last them a lifetime — and a smile that they love to show off.
Dr. Mohammed and team:
- Routinely perform both simple and complex dental extractions on teeth that are beyond repair.
- Offer patients various sedation options, allowing those who experience dental anxiety or dental fear a more comfortable and relaxing experience.
- Use the latest in dental technologies, including computer guided digital planning and 3D printing to simplify any necessary surgical treatments.
- Take a patient-centered approach, which means we always put our patients’ needs first.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are Tooth Extractions Necessary?
When there’s not enough room in the mouth to accommodate wisdom teeth, they need to be extracted to prevent additional problems, i.e. overcrowded mouth, crooked teeth. A tooth that includes a significant amount of decay and cannot be repaired through root canal therapy typically requires extraction. Decay means an infection is present. If the decayed tooth is not removed, the infection can spread to the rest of the teeth.
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
While recovering from a simple tooth extraction takes approximately 2-3 days, it requires an additional 3-4 weeks for the soft tissues of the mouth to fully heal. Once a few days have passed, patients can resume their normal everyday activities.
Recovering from a complex tooth extraction takes between 3-4 days, and patients can also expect their soft tissues to fully heal within a 4 week timeframe. Surgical tooth extraction patients can resume their everyday activities after 1 week.
Why are surgical exposure procedures necessary?
Surgical exposure is necessary to uncover an impacted tooth. Every tooth plays an important role, and all teeth are essential for a proper bite. When permanent teeth do not grow properly, they can become impacted. An impacted tooth requires surgical exposure treatment to erupt the tooth so it can grow into its proper position. Connecting the tooth to an orthodontic appliance helps guide the tooth, and is a process that may require a team of dental professionals.
What is the recovery time for a surgical exposure procedure?
It takes between 7-10 days to heal after undergoing a surgical exposure procedure. During the first 2 days, patients will experience some discomfort and swelling. Taking pain medication will help relieve any discomfort experienced, and will also help reduce any swelling. Patients may also be prescribed antibiotics. A post-operative examination may be needed 1-2 weeks after surgery to ensure the healing process is going as expected.