What oral and maxillofacial surgery is performed at Highland Dental Clinic?
While teeth are designed to last a lifetime, a lot can happen in a lifetime that can negatively affect the smile. Dr. Blanca Fernandez and her team at Highland Dental Clinic in South Lakeland, Florida, understand this and offer solutions to remove and repair the smile. If you need tooth extractions, a type of oral and maxillofacial surgery, she can assist!
What are dental extractions?
Dental extractions are the manual removal of teeth that have been significantly damaged, diseased, or decayed. These teeth may be above the gum line or may even be impacted underneath. This means that patients may need either simple or surgical extraction, depending greatly on the patient’s current situation.
- Simple extraction. A simple extraction can be performed in just minutes in the dental chair. Patients are properly anesthetized and sedated when Dr. Fernandez removes the tooth that is easily accessible above the gum line. These teeth are removed from the jawbone carefully by our experienced professional, and then replacement may be discussed. Patients can replace these teeth with dentures, partials, implants, or dental bridges.
- Surgical extraction. If Dr. Fernandez is faced with a tooth that has not come through the gum line and is stuck in the jawbone, surgical extraction is needed. This is more invasive, as Dr. Fernandez needs to cut into the gum tissue to access the tooth and manually remove it. Recovery can take longer than simple extractions, but the entire treatment can be performed in a single visit to the dentist’s chair. A surgical extraction is only performed if absolutely necessary to maintain a patient’s oral health.
Schedule a time to speak to Dr. Blanca Fernandez regarding your dental extraction needs
Whether you need to remove a stuck or impacted tooth or require simple extractions for broken or decayed teeth, Dr. Blanca Fernandez and her team at Highland Dental Clinic can help! If you are a resident of South Lakeland, FL, and want to request an initial appointment with our friendly team, call (863) 457-1954. We look forward to meeting you at our office, conveniently located at 5163 US Highway 98.