Top 4 Instances When Your Dentist Will Opt For Surgical Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions rank high among the most common dental procedures for people across all ages. There are two types of tooth extractions: simple, also known as routine, extraction and surgical tooth extraction. The former is usually the go-to in most cases.

Your dentist may, however, recommend surgical tooth extractions in the following instances:

1. Removal of Impacted Teeth

When teeth fail to erupt or erupt fully, they are said to be impacted. Both partial and full tooth impaction may result from several things, including overcrowding by adjacent teeth and displacement during the eruption. 

Difficulty in accessing impacted teeth makes surgery the only option for the removal of such teeth. Your dentist will need to cut into your gum tissue to access the impacted teeth lying underneath. 

2.    Extraction Of Broken Teeth

If your teeth are severely broken, whether from trauma or progressive decay, surgical tooth removal may be the only option for you. Depending on the extent of the damage, the very shape and size of the pieces may make it very difficult for the dentist to get a hold of and manipulate your teeth with the standard tools used in simple tooth extractions.

Sometimes,your teeth may also break during a simple extraction. At this point, the dentist will need to perform some surgical operations to ensure that no tooth fragments remain behind.

3.    Extraction Of Teeth With An Unusual Root Configuration

Simple tooth extractions may not quite cut it when it comes to the removal of teeth with large and long roots or those with curved roots. Attempting to remove teeth with such root configurations using simple extraction will require the use of excessive force. Such excessive force can cause damage to the bone surrounding the tooth that needs to be extracted, and in extreme cases, the entire jawbone.

Surgical tooth extractions of such teeth will involve sectioning the tooth into parts that are easier to remove.

4. Removal Of Teeth Surrounded By Dense And Inelastic Bone Mass

Bruxism, as well as age-related factors, may result in the bone mass around your teeth becoming very dense and inelastic. Simple tooth extractions for such teeth will require the use of a lot of force, which, as was mentioned earlier, can lead to many different complications. The surgical removal of teeth surrounded by such bone mass will involve sectioning the tooth in question first in order to make extraction much easier.