The most recognized form of oral surgery is tooth extraction, which can range from:
- Impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth
- Teeth beyond repair either from tooth decay, root fracture, or trauma
- Primary teeth that have failed to fall out, preventing the eruption of permanent teeth
- Orthodontic treatment plans may require the removal of some teeth to achieve the optimum result
If it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, Dr. Fong may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may schedule another visit for this procedure. The root of each tooth is encased within your jawbone in a “tooth socket,” and your tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. In order to extract a tooth, Dr. Fong must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with us any concerns or preferences for sedation.