Oral surgery encompasses a range of surgical procedures such as the removal of diseased teeth or tissue from the mouth, gum surgery, and insertion of dental implants.
The most common form of oral surgery is tooth extraction and there are a number of reasons for the need to extract teeth:
- Poorly aligned teeth that are affecting the health and alignment of neighbouring teeth
- Teeth that are beyond repair; either from decay, root fracture or trauma
- Orthodontic treatment, requiring the removal of some teeth to reduce crowding
A local anaesthetic is applied to numb the site of the tooth. During the extraction procedure you may feel some pressure and movement before the tooth is pulled. However, you shouldn’t feel any pain. In some cases, if the tooth is severely impacted, an incision is made into the gum and the tooth may be removed in sections.