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For tooth and jaw procedures that go beyond the expertise of a general dentist, you might need oral surgery. Our doctors specialize in Tooth Extractions and Root Canals. Schedule an Appointment Today!
In certain instances, a tooth may be so damaged or failing beyond repair that the tooth must be extracted. The tooth could be causing extreme pain, discomfort, or infection. If any of these situations arise, an exam from the dentist will determine if a tooth extraction is the best option and that the entire tooth will be removed from the jawbones. A general dentist can perform one of two types of extractions: simple or surgical. Simple extraction is a quick process to remove a tooth that’s visible in the mouth and surgical is for teeth that aren’t visible yet, such as the wisdom teeth.
When the soft inner section of the tooth, known as the pulp, becomes infected, the entire tooth begins to die. A root canal treatment removes the pulp from the tooth to stop the infection from continuing and spreading to the other teeth. The root canal will also relieve the patient’s pain and allow proper healing. Once the pulp is removed, the dentist will need to use a filling material inside the tooth or place a crown over the tooth to protect it from damage and future infections. A root canal will also stop the bacteria from entering the blood and infecting other parts of the body. Patients with heart problems, including congenital defects and artificial heart valves, are at higher risk of developing an infection and should take antibiotics before and after their root canal treatment.
Common oral surgeries include wisdom teeth removal, dental implant placement, jaw surgery, and gum grafting.
To prepare for oral surgery, follow your dentist’s instructions for any dietary restrictions, medications to avoid, and any preoperative testing.
The length of recovery after oral surgery varies depending on the type and complexity of the procedure, but it can range from a few days to several weeks.