Oral Surgery

At Cerés Dental Clinic, we are able to perform a variety of extractions, surgical as well as non-surgical, right here in our office. This enables our patients to be seen in their familiar home office and avoids the need to refer them out to an unfamiliar and often distant specialist's office.

There are several reasons that extraction (tooth removal) may become necessary. One of the common extraction procedures is the removal of wisdom teeth, the third molars that usually erupt sometime during the teen years. Other reasons for extraction include the need for more space in the mouth before orthodontic treatment or extensive damage in a tooth due to disease or trauma.

Extractions may be done using surgical or non-surgical techniques. The procedure done is determined by the condition of the tooth requiring extraction. Surgical extractions are necessary to remove teeth that may not be fully erupted through the gums, such as an impacted wisdom tooth. Surgical extraction may also be necessary if a tooth has been broken under the gum line.

Surgical extraction of a tooth may sound complicated, but Dr. Sandeep is highly trained in this method. The primary difference between surgical extractions and non-surgical extractions is that a small incision must be made in the gums to allow access to the "hidden" tooth. Non-surgical extractions are performed on failing or damaged fully erupted teeth using forceps and an elevator to gently loosen the tooth from its position. Using local anesthetic and nitrous oxide, a mild sedative, if necessary, Dr. Sandeep ensures comfort and peace of mind for her patients undergoing extraction.

In situations when surgery is more complicated, the procedure may be best performed in a hospital setting or with deep sedation. In such instances, we will refer care to an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgical specialist.

A Note on Post-Extraction Healing

Bleeding is the most common after-effect of tooth extraction, though this is a very temporary condition. In the first hour after extraction, a blood clot forms in the socket and bleeding will subside. Healing of the open socket occurs over about a week, during which time soft tissue begins to grow into the socket. Filling in continues for several months as bone tissue is remodeled into the area.

We will plan appropriate replacement as needed depending on the reason for extraction. Post-extraction discomfort is typically manageable with over-the-counter pain reducing medication or prescription medication (for wisdom teeth). Within a week or two, full comfort should be restored.

** A medical consult is usually required prior to any complex surgical procedures to ensure patient safety at Cerés Dental Clinic.