Oral Surgery Extractions Specialist

Missoula Dental

Holistic Dentistry located in Missoula, MT

Oral surgery extractions are the most common surgical procedure among people in the United States. Experienced general dentist Soren Loftus, DDS, safely performs oral surgery extractions for individuals with broken, misshapen, or impacted teeth at Missoula Dental in Missoula, Montana. Get in touch with Missoula Dental for an appointment by calling the office or scheduling your visit online today.

Oral Surgery Extractions Q&A

What are oral surgery extractions?

Oral surgery extractions are tooth extractions that are a bit more complex than routine extractions.

Routine extractions require tools like an elevator and forceps, which loosen and remove teeth from their sockets. Surgical extractions, however, require the use of a small incision to access and remove tooth material below the gumline. 

A safe and successful surgical extraction requires an experienced dentist with detailed training and expertise. Dr. Soren uses imaging tests like digital X-rays to plan your surgery while evaluating factors like:

  • The tooth’s position
  • The curvature of the tooth’s roots
  • The lengths of the tooth’s roots
  • Your overall physical health
  • Your jawbone thickness and density

During your oral surgery extractions, Dr. Soren cuts into your gums to expose the tooth root or any of the other parts of the tooth that haven’t erupted above the gumline. He might need to portion the tooth into multiple pieces before removing it or remove a segment of bone along with the tooth. Dr. Soren closes the incision with sutures after extracting the tooth.

When do I need oral surgery extractions?

Surgical extractions are not necessary for every tooth that your dentist needs to remove. After fully evaluating your overall oral health and the positioning of the tooth, Dr. Soren tells you if you need a routine or surgical extraction. A surgical extraction is usually the more effective option for:

Impacted teeth

Impacted teeth are teeth that aren’t able to erupt above the gumline. It’s common to have impacted wisdom teeth because they don’t have space to grow into your mouth. 

Broken teeth

Broken teeth or teeth that are fragile and might break easily often need oral surgery extractions. If Dr. Soren can’t grab onto the remainder of a tooth with forceps to perform a routine extraction, a surgical extraction is the better option. 

Teeth with long or curved roots

The roots of your teeth anchor them onto your jawbone. If a tooth has exceptionally long, large, or curved roots, Dr. Soren needs to use more force to extract them. He uses oral surgery extraction to pull them out without complications.

Teeth with slim or fragile roots

Without a surgical extraction, teeth that have slim or fragile roots can break and leave their roots behind.

Are oral surgery extractions painful?

Oral surgery extractions typically require the use of local anesthesia, which numbs the area around the tooth and intravenous sedation to relax you. With these medications, you won’t feel pain during your oral surgery extraction.

While you might have some discomfort during the healing process after a surgical extraction, Dr. Soren gives you helpful tips for your recovery and might prescribe medicine for your discomfort. 

Surgical extractions remove stubborn teeth. Get in touch with Missoula Dental over the phone or book online for a consultation today.