Tooth Extraction Complications: Adjacent Tooth Injury – Part 1

When you have a toothache, your top priority is stopping the pain, even if that means having the tooth removed. It’s hard to function normally throughout your day, hard to concentrate at work, and even harder to get a good night’s sleep until the pain is gone.

An experienced oral surgeon can guide you through the tooth extraction process to relieve the pain and get you back to normal as soon as possible. Prior to the removal of the tooth, it’s important that you are fully aware of the risks and consequences associated with the surgical procedure.

Though there are some risks of complication both during the surgery and afterwards in recovery, most tooth extractions take place without any adverse effects at all. For example, during the extraction, there is a risk that the adjacent teeth could be damaged. In light of the steps that must be taken to remove a tooth, the root or crown portion of the adjacent tooth could be fractured. 

Though there are some risks of complication both during the surgery and afterwards in recovery, most tooth extractions take place without any adverse effects at all.

Using a small instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth from the bone, and a pair of forceps to grasp the tooth, your oral surgeon can remove the tooth from the socket. If gum tissue or bone is covering the tooth, additional surgical techniques may be required in order to expose the entire tooth. In cases where the tooth is mostly surrounded by bone, or when the tooth roots are fused to the bone, it may need to be sectioned into smaller pieces that are easier to remove.

In most cases, the tooth that is to be extracted is in close proximity to another tooth, which can make it more challenging to successfully remove the tooth while taking care to preserve its neighbor.

Today’s oral surgery and imaging techniques are so sophisticated that surgical complications are rare. Still, there are risks associated with all oral surgery, even simple oral surgery like tooth removal, and any procedure should not be taken lightly.

To learn more about what you should expect when you have a tooth extracted, call ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio located in Downtown Chicago at 312-328-9000 for a consultation today.