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How Recovery Differs When You Have a Surgical Extraction

Posted on 6/25/2019 by Dr. Simon K Choyee
How Recovery Differs When You Have a Surgical ExtractionThere are typically two types of tooth extraction. When a tooth is fully exposed a simple extraction is often the right choice. For teeth that are broken or are in a difficult position, a surgical extraction is often necessary.

While both the procedures end up with the same result of removing a tooth, the recovery from them is different. The recovery from a surgical extraction may require a person to do some different things.

The Physical Differences
A simple extraction procedure involves the use of an instrument called an elevator. This can help lift the tooth that needs removal up. Once that happens, forceps can remove the tooth from its socket. A simple extraction works when the tooth is visible and there are no small pieces that the forceps cannot grab.
Surgical extraction is necessary when the tooth or parts of a broken tooth are not visible. In these cases, a small incision can help reveal all the pieces of the tooth for removal. If all the pieces are not removed, it can create problems later.

Recovering from Extraction

No matter whether it is a simple or surgical extraction of a tooth, there is a void left where the tooth once was. One of the biggest dangers after extraction is a dry socket. This happens when the blood clot that forms after removing the tooth comes out of the socket that was left. It can become a place where bacteria grow and can lead to infection and other problems. During recovery from any extraction, preventing this from happening is important.

The biggest difference in a surgical extraction is the need for sutures to close the wound. There are different types of sutures used for this. Some sutures will dissolve on their own and do not require any extra care. Other sutures need removal in our office and will require a second visit for removal.

The rest of the care for a surgical extraction involves paying attention to any signs of infection or excessive bleeding and pain. It is important to follow a good diet that protects the surgical site and provides the body with the nutrients it needs to heal.

Contact our office to schedule an appointment to learn more about this or any other oral health issue.

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