Extractions & Oral Surgery

Main Street Dentistry

Family, General Dentistry, Cosmetic & Invisalign located in Alpharetta, GA

Thanks to special tools and modern pain management techniques, it’s possible to perform extractions and oral surgery on an outpatient basis. At Main Street Dentistry, Imad Sabbagh, DDS, boasts years of experience performing extractions and oral surgery, including wisdom teeth removal and the placement of dental implants. To make an appointment at the practice in Alpharetta, Georgia, call the office or click the online booking tool today.

Extractions & Oral Surgery Q & A

What are extractions and oral surgery?

Extractions and oral surgery are often mentioned together, but they’re two different things:

Extractions

Extractions are an outpatient procedure that removes one or several permanent teeth. Many people undergo wisdom tooth extractions. The wisdom teeth are located at the back of your mouth and emerge after your other permanent teeth. Because of the delay in their development, wisdom teeth are more likely to become impacted and require removal.

Oral surgery

Oral surgery is a blanket term that refers to any operative procedure performed on the teeth, gums, tongue, or jaw. Some of the most common types of oral surgery include root canal therapy and the placement of dental implants.

How do I prepare for extractions and oral surgery?

Before undergoing extractions or oral surgery, you visit Main Street Dentistry for an initial consultation. To get the most out of your appointment, make sure to bring the following items:

  • Health insurance card 
  • The results of any recent tests
  • A copy of your dental health history
  • A list of any symptoms you’re experiencing
  • A list of the vitamins and prescription medications you regularly take

During the appointment, your provider conducts an oral exam and takes oral X-rays. They use the information gathered from these procedures to determine if you qualify for oral surgery and to design a custom treatment plan.

What are the types of extractions and oral surgery?

The team at Main Street Dentistry offers several types of extractions and oral surgery, including:

Simple extractions

If you have a damaged or decaying tooth above the gum line, your provider performs a simple extraction. They administer a local anesthetic, carefully loosen the tooth, then remove it.

Surgical extractions

If your affected teeth are impacted or below the gumline, your provider performs a surgical extraction. They administer a local anesthetic, access the tooth beneath your gums, section it into several pieces, and remove them. 

Placement of dental implants

If you’re missing permanent teeth, you might qualify for dental implants. During a dental implant procedure, your provider administers a local anesthetic and places a series of titanium posts beneath your gums. Following treatment, the posts integrate with your jaw and provide a foundation for restorations like crowns or a fixed bridge.

Root canal therapy

Root canal therapy is a type of oral surgery that treats damaged or infected tooth pulp. By removing the pulp from the center of your tooth and filling it with a rubbery material called gutta-percha, it’s possible to prevent extractions and preserve your natural tooth.

To learn more about extractions and oral surgery, make an appointment at Main Street Dentistry by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.