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Surgical Removal of a Buried or Impacted Tooth

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The tooth (or teeth) might be completed covered by the gums or could be partially visible.

Why would I need a surgical removal of a buried or impacted tooth?

Not all buried or impacted teeth need to be surgically removed, however occasionally they can affect other teeth or your appearance. You would need to speak to your specialist to decide whether your tooth or teeth need to be removed.

What symptoms does a surgical removal of a buried or impacted tooth address?

In some cases, if an impacted or buried tooth is not removed, it can lead to further dental issues down the road, including decay and gum disease. Removing the tooth or teeth can help reduce the chances of this happening.

When should you speak to your specialist about a surgical removal of a buried or impacted tooth?

If you have a buried or impacted tooth, you should discuss with your specialist whether it needs to be removed or if it can remain as it is.

How is a surgical removal of a buried or impacted tooth performed?

Surgical removal of a buried or impacted tooth can be carried out under local or general anaesthetic and it usually takes between 30-60 minutes.

During the procedure, your specialist will uncover the tooth and remove it. They will then add a bracket and chain, a brace, or a gauze pack to the area. You and your specialist will discuss which of these is the best option for you.

What is the recovery for a surgical removal of a buried or impacted tooth?

The recovery from a surgical removal of a buried or impacted tooth can depend on a variety of factors, and you should discuss this with your specialist.

After the surgery, you might feel sore and be able to taste blood in your mouth, but this should fade within a few days.

You and your specialist will discuss your plan for recovery prior to your surgical removal of a buried or impacted tooth.

Are there any risks/complications associated with a surgical removal of a buried or impacted tooth?

As with any medical procedure, it is possible for risks or complications to arise. It is best that you speak your specialist about how best to avoid any adverse reactions.

Some complications that have been associated with the procedure are:

  • Bleeding
  • Pain
  • Infection

How can I prepare for a surgical removal of a buried or impacted tooth?

Prior to your surgical removal of a buried or impacted tooth, you should discuss the preparations you should make with your specialist, as they can vary depending on the person.

Are there alternatives for a surgical removal of a buried or impacted tooth?

If the buried or impacted tooth is not causing problems in your day-to-day life, you and your specialist might decide to just leave it as it is.

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