Surgical Removal of Teeth
General dentists often perform straightforward tooth extractions. Oral surgeons specialize in surgical extractions and perform them on a daily basis. As specialists, oral surgeons handle more complicated cases, such as:
- Teeth that are damaged or fractured
- Infected teeth
- Severely decayed teeth
- Teeth that are impacted (not fully erupted through the tissue)
- Wisdom teeth
For additional information about tooth extraction, visit AAOMS/Simple vs. Surgical Extraction.
Additionally, oral surgeons are trained and qualified to administer anesthesia. Dr. Goeckermann will discuss your options for anesthesia, including IV sedation, local anesthesia, or general anesthesia; and recommend which option would be ideal for your procedure.
For videos relating to anesthesia during oral surgery, click here: AAOMS/Anesthesia
Special Considerations for Dental Implant Patients
Patients who are considering tooth replacement with dental implants are referred to Dr. Goeckermann for surgical tooth extraction. Dr. Goeckermann has surgical techniques to remove teeth while preserving the surrounding bone, thus creating a better site for implant placement.
Refer to The Implant Guide/Immediate Placement for more on this topic.