Oral Surgery

At Vitality Oral Health, saving your teeth is our priority. Sometimes a tooth is too severely damaged or decayed to save. Sometimes space needs to be made for a dental prosthetic or braces and a tooth extraction may be necessary. Extraction eliminates bacteria and improves oral health. Should you require oral surgery for the removal of a tooth, we ensure that your experience is comfortable and pain-free.

What is tooth extraction?

A tooth extraction, also called pulling a tooth, is a dental procedure during which your tooth is removed from its socket. It’s performed by a dentist or oral surgeon and is a quick outpatient procedure involving local, general, or intravenous anesthesia or a combination.

Why do I need a tooth extraction?

We remove teeth for a variety of reasons:

What is the procedure for a tooth extraction?

Simple extraction: If your tooth is completely visible above the gum line, a dentist is able to extract it with forceps. You receive a local anesthetic, numbing the area around your tooth. The dentist uses an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth and forceps to remove it. You may feel pressure during the procedure.

Surgical extraction: If your tooth is partially or completely hidden below the surface of the gum line or there is bone interference with the tooth/roots, an oral surgeon will perform the extraction. You’ll receive both local anesthesia and intravenous anesthesia, making you calm and relaxed. If you have any medical conditions, you may also receive general anesthesia, allowing you to remain unconscious during the procedure. The oral surgeon cuts into your gum, making a small incision. This allows the bone and/or a tooth to be extracted. You may require stitches to close the incision site so that healing can progress properly.

Aftercare for a tooth extraction:

At Vitality Oral Health we do all we can to save your teeth! If an extraction is necessary, we are here to help. We’ll make the experience as quick and comfortable as possible.

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