A tooth extraction normally occurs at least once in a patient’s lifetime. While teeth are incredibly durable, they are vulnerable to damage from injury and cavities. When teeth are damaged beyond repair or when teeth are unable to erupt through the gums properly, a tooth extraction is often required to protect a patient’s oral health. Our oral surgeons perform many tooth extractions for patients of all ages.
Why did my dentist refer me to an oral surgeon for a tooth extraction?
Many of our patients are referred to our practice from their general dentist. This is because oral surgeons are very experienced with extracting teeth, especially when the removal of a tooth is complex in nature. An oral surgeon is a dentist who has undergone additional education and training to treat conditions that affect the entire oral and maxillofacial region. In addition to tooth removal, oral surgeons also provide services such as placing dental implants, reconstructing hard and soft oral tissues, and correcting abnormalities that affect facial bones and soft structures.
…oral surgeons are very experienced with extracting teeth, especially when the removal of a tooth is complex in nature.
Why should teeth be extracted?
Teeth may require extraction for many reasons. The most common reason that most patients will experience is the need to remove wisdom teeth. These types of teeth are not needed to enjoy optimal oral function, and because they come in during adulthood rather than childhood, they can negatively affect oral health.
Other reasons for extraction include when teeth are severely injured or damaged and cannot be saved through restorative dentistry or endodontic therapy. Extractions are also common during childhood when permanent, adult teeth are replacing baby teeth. This is normally due to baby teeth not falling out fast enough when new teeth are coming in.
What should I expect at my first appointment?
If your dentist has recommended that you visit an oral surgeon for an extraction, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with our practice. At your first visit, your oral surgeon will conduct an exam and discuss the best treatment plan for your needs. During this appointment, feel free to ask questions or voice concerns. After the initial consultation, our team will work with you on setting up a convenient time for your oral surgery.
Call Central Oklahoma Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates today to schedule an appointment.