Reasons for Splitting Teeth Prior to Extracting Them
Posted on 8/23/2018 by Manhattan Maxillofacial Surgery Group
The main reasons for splitting teeth prior to extracting them are to simplify the surgery for the patient. Splitting is used to minimize the possibility of an accidental breakage, which would complicate the surgery and cause additional pain during recovery. This technique is a controlled method of anticipating potential problems during extraction. If our surgeon thinks there is a chance the tooth cannot be removed in one piece, he will split it.
What Happens During Surgery?
Teeth are usually split using a drill. Our surgeon will continuously flush the area with water while working on extracting the tooth or sections, which helps to eliminate any residue left behind from the drilling. After the splitting is complete, each section is carefully removed using special tools. Sometimes the pieces are interlocked so it is necessary to probe and prod until the entire tooth is removed. If you are not using general anesthesia for the surgery, you will feel pressure from the drill and the splitting of the tooth, however, you will not feel pain.
The Benefits of Splitting Teeth
There are several benefits of splitting teeth prior to extraction.
Reducing jaw joint irritation and tooth or root fracture,
Reducing the level of force needed to remove the tooth,
Helping to avoid blockage when roots are curved or crooked,
Helping with the extraction of impacted teeth,
Reducing the amount of bone removed.
Most of the time, teeth are split or sectioned right along the middle of the two roots to make extraction easier and promote healing. Most surgeons won't risk having to perform a difficult procedure if they suspect a tooth may split while trying to pull it from its socket. Splitting teeth can be pre-planned if there are obvious reasons to do it or our surgeon can decide to do it during the procedure.
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