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  • Space Maintainer

    Dental space maintainers can help keep the space for an adult tooth open if the baby tooth has been lost too early...

  • Facial Esthetic Surgeries

    Facial cosmetic surgery has long been the solution of choice for the correction of physical malformations resulting from aging, disease, inj...

  • Immediate Implants

    Immediate implants are an increasingly common strategy to preserve bone and reduce treatment times which includes the placement of a dental...

  • Impaction

    An impacted tooth is one that fails to erupt into the dental arch within the specific time. Because impacted teeth do not erupt, they ar...

  • Biopsy

    A biopsy is a simple surgery that removes samples of soft tissue or bone from the body. In the case of dentists, this may be gum tissue, a t...

  • Lip Lengthening

    Lip Lengthening is an in-office clinical procedure carried out under local anesthesia (freeze up), which can be helped with the aid of a re...

  • Laser Root Canal Treatment

    Laser technology was introduced to endodontics with the goal of improving the results obtained with traditional procedures through the use o...

  • Teeth Whitening

    Whitening, or "tooth bleaching", is the most common cosmetic dental procedure. While many whitening options are now available, including ove...

  • Dental Caries

    Dental caries, also known as tooth decay or a cavity, is an infection, bacterial in origin, that causes demineralization and destruction of ...

  • Operculectomy

    Operculectomy is a minor surgical procedure where the affected soft tissue covering and surrounding the tooth is removed. This leaves an ar...

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Extraction

Departments: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a form of dentistry that treats a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries and defects around the head, neck, face and jaw. Most common oral and maxillofacial services include extraction (moderate to difficult, including wisdom teeth), reconstructive dental oral surgery and placing dental implants.

Teeth can be extracted in two ways.  The standard method involves the use of an elevator and forceps.  The elevator is inserted between the tooth and periodontal ligament and the tooth is gently loosened or elevated out of the alveolus.  Forceps then are used to grasp and extract the tooth from the socket.

The second method of tooth removal is to section the tooth in the alveolus and extract it in pieces.  This method is commonly used for impacted third molars or wisdom teeth, or for tooth fragments that are retained or buried in the alveolar bone.  The site is surgically exposed using a hand chisel and mallet or a handpiece.  The tooth then is extracted using a combination of elevators and forceps.