What Qualifies as a Complicated Extraction?

Posted on 3/20/2019 by Cole Anderson, DMD, MS
What Qualifies as a Complicated Extraction?The term "extraction" refers to a surgery in which a tooth such as a wisdom tooth needs to be totally removed. It is a common surgery.

A simple extraction is when the tooth is removed straight out. Sometimes the extraction is referred to as a "complicated extraction". Here are some examples.

Other Health Issues

If the patient has another health issue such as the use of blood thinners or a heart murmur, the extraction is going to be considered complicated. This is because special precautions need to be taken in order to extract the tooth. It does not mean that the surgery itself is expected to have complications.

Nerves and Arteries

Sometimes a nerve or an artery is partially wrapped around the tooth that needs to be extracted. This will turn the simple extraction into a complicated one.

Tooth Decay

If a tooth is rotted or if there is a lot of decay, special precautions need to be taken to extract the tooth. This will make it a complicated extraction. The same is true if the tooth is broken or severely cracked. The tooth will not be able to be pulled straight if it is in pieces, giving the extraction the "complicated" designation.

The word complicated may sound scary when it comes to surgery, but in this case, it is just giving the surgery a designation. Just because an extraction is a complicated one does not mean that there will be problems. It just means that we will need to take extra precautions and special care to make sure that everything goes according to plan.

If you are going to have an extraction, the best thing that you can do is to let us know of any medications that you are on ahead of time. That information is important to us.

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