Oral Surgery in Mobile, AL.

Many dental procedures such as tooth extractions and dental implants performed in our office are considered oral surgery. Many patients of Mobile Comprehensive Dentistry who require such procedures are scheduled in office without the inconvenience of having to go to a different office for treatment.

Tooth extractions are the most recognized form of oral surgery. They are routine dental procedures used to remove decayed, damaged or otherwise problematic teeth. Drs. O’Donnell and Willis make every effort to preserve natural teeth, although sometimes an extraction is necessary. Depending on which teeth are removed, they may be replaced with a dental implant or another oral prosthetic.

What are the Indications for Tooth Extractions?

  • Most common cause is severe tooth decay and cavities.
  • Teeth that are impacted or not completely erupted in the mouth - such as wisdom teeth.
  • Teeth that have incurred trauma, disease or crowding.
  • A tooth that cannot be repaired with a filling or a crown because of an accident or extensive decay.
  • Teeth that aren't supported by enough bone due to periodontal disease
  • Infected (abscessed) teeth that don't respond to root canal treatment 

Although many circumstances that require extraction are unavoidable, some could be prevented with regular visits to Mobile Comprehensive Dentistry for exams and cleanings.

What are the Two Types of Extractions?

Simple Extractions - The removal of a tooth that is visible above the gum line and can be easily removed with forceps. By taking an x-ray and examining your tooth, Drs. O'Donnell and Willis can usually determine whether or not your extraction will be simple or surgical. However, there are times when a simple extraction turns into a surgical extraction. If a tooth breaks off during the procedure, for instance, it may need to be taken out in pieces.

Surgical Extractions - Involve the removal of gum tissue or bone in order to extract a tooth. These extractions often require stitches to close the site so that it can heal properly. Wisdom teeth often face surgical extraction because they are usually impacted. Removing severely broken down teeth, root tips or teeth with long-curved roots are other examples of surgical extractions. Then there are times when the bone around a tooth has become dense, resulting in the need for surgical treatment.  The surgical extraction of teeth may sound a bit daunting, but with today's modern procedures, anesthesia, and the highly trained team at Mobile Comprehensive Dentistry you have nothing to worry about. Afterwards, you and Dr. O’Donnell or Dr. Willis will discuss tooth replacement options including dentures, crowns and bridges, and dental implants. 

Dental Implants are a common oral surgery procedure used to replace missing teeth or provide stability to a denture. Dr. O'Donnell and Dr. Willis believe there is a proper way to do things and dental implants have become a distinctive feature of their practice. Dental implants are the only way to replace the root, function and beauty of your natural teeth. Please visit our dental implant page to learn more. 

At Mobile Comprehensive Dentistry, you can feel confident that our exceptional team will help you restore the function and beauty to your smile.


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