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When a tooth is visible above the gum line and your oral surgeon can easily remove it with forceps, the procedure is called a simple extraction. If a more volatile tooth has yet to grow in, however, your oral surgeon needs to remove gum tissue or bone in order to extract it. This is called a surgical extraction and may require stitches to close the site so that it can heal properly. It's important to closely follow your oral surgeon's aftercare instructions to speed recovery and avoid any complications.
The surgical extraction of teeth may sound a bit daunting, but with today's modern procedures and anesthesia, you have nothing to worry about. Afterward, you and your oral surgeon can discuss tooth replacement options to restore the function and beauty to your smile.
Your oral surgeon at Dental Care at Teche Ridge can determine if you need a surgical tooth extraction. Call us at today 337-365-5865.