Tooth Extraction & Oral Surgery
There are many types of conditions that may require dental patients to receive oral surgery. Your Royal Dental dentist can provide a complete oral examination and x-rays to conclude the best course of treatment for your dental condition – which may or may not require oral surgery.
Sometimes teeth can become impacted below the surface of the gums and will require surgery. This can help prevent damage to surrounding teeth. This occurs most commonly with wisdom teeth, also known as third molars. Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth that develop and emerge from the gum line when the jaw is large enough to make room for them. When this is not the case, oral surgery is necessary to remove them and prevent crowding or infection.
In addition to wisdom teeth, other teeth such as the cuspids and bicuspids can also become impacted. These may also require removal via oral surgery.
Dental implants are one of the most common options for replacing lost teeth and can be effective alternatives to dentures. A dental implant essentially takes the place of the root of your tooth and is surgically anchored to the jawbone to stabilize an artificial tooth. The process of installing a dental implant is oral surgery and has long-lasting effects.
Some patients experience insufficient or abnormal jaw growth. This can make speaking, eating and even breathing difficult. While braces or other orthodontics may help alleviate the cosmetic issues posed by jaw-growth issues, the more serious effects may only be repaired by oral surgery.
Sometimes when new dentures do not fit properly oral surgery may be in order. However, more common is the instance where long-term denture wearers experience discomfort due to jaw bone deterioration over time. Such deterioration causes existing dentures to fit differently – oral surgery to the bone of the jaw can help alleviate this discomfort and allow dentures to fit more securely and comfortably.
Decay and Removal of Teeth
Occasionally dental patients require the removal of one or many teeth. This may be necessary because of extensive tooth decay, abscess or infection – or perhaps to reduce crowding or make way for orthodontic improvements. Oral surgery involves cutting into the gums to remove the tooth and then stitching the gum area to allow it to heal. Removal of wisdom teeth should only be done while you are sedated and being carefully monitored.