Surgical extraction is a process where the soft tissue manipulation is required to completely remove a tooth. It is simple dental extraction as described but with added procedures in certain difficult situations.
A tooth needs to be surgically extracted in a number of situations:
To minimise trauma to the jawbone and soft tissue, the gum needs to be deflected back to expose the unwanted tooth pieces. Bone trimming is often required to create point of elevation against the tooth structure. Division of the tooth (sectioning) can be done with surgical bur to minimize compression to the adjacent vital structures.
Once the tooth has been removed, careful curettage of the extraction socket allows complete removal of any residual infection. Saline irrigation to remove debris has been scientifically shown to shorten healing time post operatively. Upon achieving the objectives, the deflected gum is then repositioned over the socket to provide primary socket closure. The gum is then held in position with stitches, which may or may not be self-resorbable.
Our highly skilled dentists adopt a streamlined surgical protocol to minimize post-operative infection and discomfort.