While the primary goal in surgical dentistry is to preserve teeth, sometimes the process of preservation ultimately leads to surgical tooth removal. There are a number of reasons surgical tooth removal may become necessary, for instance in some cases, decayed teeth that are no longer healthy enough to function could become a danger to others teeth and a patient’s overall oral health. In other cases, an impacted tooth, gum disease, interference with jaw and bite alignment, and traumatic injury can all result in the need for surgical tooth removal for overall dental function, health, and appearance.

Your trusted Cleveland, TN oral surgeon may also wish to extract a healthy tooth to improve orthodontic care. With oral extraction, misaligned teeth can be adjusted to create necessary space when positioning and preparing for braces and other orthodontic treatments, allowing for better results and the best possible smile.

Depending on the type, location, and underlying complications that accompany each tooth extraction, the method of surgical tooth removal procedures may vary. Before surgery, our knowledgeable surgeons and staff at Ocoee Oral Surgery will perform a standard assessment of the affected tooth or teeth, noting position and any foreseeable complications during and following the procedure. In many cases, teeth can be extracted using a minimally-invasive technique, however, we do specialize in more difficult extractions, multiple roots, and impacted or brittle teeth. For more information or to make an appointment today, call our Cleveland accredited oral surgery office at (423) 479.8544.

Frequently Asked Questions about Surgical Tooth Removal

What are the symptoms of an impacted tooth? Symptoms of an impacted tooth include unpleasant breath, tender, swollen, or bleeding gums, tooth and jaw pain in the back of the mouth, bad taste in the mouth, and/or ear, head, or neck pain. Surgical tooth removal can address these symptoms.

What is tooth eruption? It occurs during a tooth’s development, formation, and migration, erupting into its final position in the mouth.

When do teeth begin to erupt? Typically, teeth start to appear within the first 6 months of age, arriving two at a time—one on each side of the mouth. By the age of three, most children will have completed the eruption of all 20 primary teeth.

How can a tooth be made easier to extract? We often cut the tooth into smaller pieces to make surgical tooth removal easier.

How can supernumerary teeth be found? They are located with a radiograph or intraorally following a spontaneous eruption. They appear commonly between the maxillary central incisors.

What problems can supernumerary teeth cause? The presence of a supernumerary tooth may cause displacement of a permanent tooth. This may vary from some movement to complete displacement, a common result of late eruption. Surgical tooth removal erases the supernumerary tooth from the equation.

What causes early eruptions? They will occur when the tooth bud is positioned superficially under the gingiva. This has also been observed in cases of hyperthyroidism and early puberty.

Can erupted teeth break beneath the gum line? Yes, surgical tooth removals can also involve the removal of erupted teeth that cannot easily be removed because they have broken beneath the gum line.

What is an over-retained tooth? A primary (baby) tooth that is still in position when a permanent tooth tries to come into the same space is known as an “over-retained” tooth. Surgical tooth removal can remove them.

Why do premature tooth eruptions cause problems? They are caused by traumas, tumors, infections, etc. Premature tooth eruption is different from early eruption because it implies immature teeth, always in the bud state, erupt.