Surgical Removal Of Teeth

Surgical Removal Of Teeth

Surgical removal of a tooth or retained root is a surgical procedure that may involve gum incisions and bone removal to enable the surgeon access to difficult fragments of tooth that require removal.

Why would a tooth need to be extracted surgically?

Surgical extraction procedures are performed when the tooth cannot be easily accessed because of its location or the degree of damage to the tooth and supporting structures. Sometimes surgical removal is required to protect the adjacent teeth not to cause damage or infections. Bone abnormalities could make normal extractions very difficult, necessitating surgical removal.

What is involved in the surgical removal of teeth?

Surgical extractions of teeth are performed under local anaesthesia in the doctor's surgery or under general anaesthesia in the hospital. During the procedure, Dr Kruger will make a small incision in the gum to expose the bone and tooth. He will then remove any bone that is blocking access to the tooth before removing the tooth. In some cases, the tooth may be broken into smaller pieces to make the extraction easier. The site is then cleaned to prevent infection, and the incision is stitched closed.

In cases where a tooth is removed and needs to be replaced with a dental implant, Dr Kruger could place the implant at the same time, i.e. immediate placement. If you need a tooth extraction, Dr Kruger will provide a safe, comfortable experience with less pain and the best outcome to benefit your health in general.

Dr Herman E.C. Kruger


He is a Registered Specialist in Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery in private practice and part-time public service and manages disease processes, trouma and injuries as well as congenital defects involving the mouth, jaws and facial bones. Read more about Dr Kruger.


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