Oral Surgery

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American Dental Excellence

Implant Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in Limerick, PA

It can be scary to hear the words “oral surgery,” but the experienced dentists at American Dental Excellence can keep you comfortable during even the most complicated dental procedures. Serving Limerick, Pennsylvania and the surrounding neighborhoods, the practice’s skilled professionals offer comprehensive dental services on-site, including oral surgeries for tooth extractions, dental implants, and full mouth reconstruction. Call American Dental Excellence or schedule a free consultation online today.

Oral Surgery Q & A

What is oral surgery?

The word “surgery” may make you think of a hospital, but your dentist performs oral surgeries — even the most complicated — on-site at American Dental Excellence with the most advanced dental equipment available, like digital X-rays, CT scans, and nitrous oxide. American Dental Excellence also offers same-day emergency dental appointments and services.

Your dentist might recommend oral surgery for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Correcting a cleft palate or cleft lip
  • Improving jaw function and position
  • Treating cancer in your neck, jaw, or face
  • Reconstructing your mouth after an injury
  • Placing dental implants to replace missing teeth
  • Resolving facial pain or temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ) disorders
  • Relieving obstructive sleep apnea by removing soft tissue in the back of your mouth


One of the most common oral surgeries is tooth extraction.

What is a tooth extraction?

Tooth extraction involves removing a tooth. In most cases, your dentist works to preserve your teeth, but in some cases, extraction is necessary for your oral health.

Your dentist might suggest tooth extraction in several cases, such as:

  • Trauma or decay
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Infection or gum disease
  • Compromised immune system


It’s also common to have your wisdom teeth removed. These four permanent molars are at the top and back of your mouth and usually don’t have enough room to grow into place. In many cases, your dentist extracts these teeth before they cause problems.

What can I expect during a tooth extraction?

There are two methods for tooth extraction: simple and surgical.

Simple extraction

If your dentist recommends a simple extraction, part of your tooth is visible above the gumline. During this procedure, your dentist uses a specialized tool called an elevator to loosen your tooth before removing it with a forceps.

This type of extraction is usually performed using a local anesthetic.

Surgical extraction

Surgical extractions are more complicated because your problem tooth is below the gumline. During this extraction, your dentist usually makes a small incision in your gum to extract your tooth.

To keep you comfortable during a surgical extraction, your dentist administers a local anesthetic. American Dental Excellence also has an anesthesiologist to provide general anesthetic if necessary.

For more information on the oral surgery services at American Dental Excellence, call or schedule a free consultation online today.