Oral Surgery

NOTICE: Before any tooth extraction or surgical procedure, make sure you tell your dentist your complete medical history such as:

  • Blood-thinners you take
  • Supplements you take
  • Impaired immune system
  • Injured / man-made heart valves
  • Inborn heart defect
  • Liver disease
  • Artificial joints (like a hip replacement)
  • History of bacterial endocarditis


While adult teeth last for decades, a tooth can get truly injured or decay. Our doctors at Alternative Dental try to preserve your natural teeth but sometimes a dental extraction can be healthy if a tooth is non-restorable or has a severe infection. A tooth can also be removed to help align teeth better, or clear out space in the already-crowded mouth. In most cases, a Root Canal can take care of inner-tooth decay, but if there is too much decay an extraction can help stop the infection from spreading further.

Periodontal Disease can also loosen teeth, needing a dental extraction in some cases. Once your tooth is extracted, your dentist might recommend getting a Dental Bridge, Implant, or Denture.

Gum surgery:

  • Periodontitis
    • Also known as Gum Disease—can be taken care of with Scaling & Root-Planing (Deep-Cleaning), or antibiotics. But sometimes, when the gum disease is too intense, Gingivectomy helps remove the excess, infected gum tissue. The doctor, obviously, numbs you with a local anesthetic. So, you won’t feel it.
  • Gum Surgery
    • It sounds terrifying. But, it is not that bad. Gum Surgery can save your teeth from unhealthy effects of gum recession, which is the decline of tissue around the teeth, exposing more and more of the tooth, and its root, harming the supporting bone. Gum recession, if not taken care of properly, can eventually cause tooth loss.
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