Tooth extractions are common and necessary for a variety of reasons, including overcrowding, illness, and injury. But unlike routine cleanings and examinations, tooth extractions involve other factors, such as anesthesia, incisions, post-operative care, and even the risk of infection.
Because of those potential risks, it’s important that dental patients get the right provider to perform their teeth extractions. At Willow Chase Dentistry, we perform many tooth extractions in-house, but we also sometimes refer our patients to oral surgeons, especially when they have the following complications or challenges:
Impacted teeth removal—Oral surgeons are better equipped to handle the removal of impacted teeth, including wisdom teeth. That’s because impacted teeth require general anesthesia and cutting into the mouth and gum line for removal, which crosses the boundary between a simple tooth extraction and more into the lines of actual surgery.
Unique facial and skull structure—All patients are different, and some have facial and skull shapes that can make it more difficult to perform tooth extractions. When that’s the case, we often refer those patients to oral surgeons. Patients with features such as large sinuses or limited jaw mobility are better served by oral surgeons, as their extractions may require more specialized equipment.
What Options Are Available for Patients Who Need Tooth Extractions?
If you need to have a tooth extracted, it’s important that your dental provider has a plan to replace it. At Willow Chase Dentistry, we offer immediate dental implants after tooth extraction—both of which are available with minimal sedation. That means you’ll have less time to wait to get the healthy and beautiful smile you deserve.