Surgical tooth extractions are generally performed under general anaesthetic, so patients will not feel any discomfort during the procedure. Surgical extractions are also mostly performed on impacted wisdom teeth that are still covered by your gum tissue.
The surgical extraction of teeth is actually the most common surgical procedure provided in the United States, according to Doctors Ueckert and Bradley. When a tooth is visible above the gum line and your dentist can easily remove it with forceps, the procedure is called a simple extraction. If a more volatile tooth has yet to grow in, however, your dentist needs to remove gum tissue or bone in order to extract it. This is called a surgical extraction, and requires stitches to close the site so that it can heal properly. The doctor may also prescribe a more specific pain medication following the procedure.