What happens during a surgical tooth extraction?

A surgical tooth extraction is performed when a tooth is hidden below the gum line. An oral surgeon will cut into your gum and pull back the gum to expose the tooth before  removing it.

A surgical tooth extraction entails the gums to be reflected and removal of bone around the tooth to gain better access to a tooth. Teeth that have curved roots and need to be divided or a tooth that has fractured at the gum line may need a surgical extraction. Wisdom teeth that are impacted or malpositioned will require surgical extraction as well. 

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