There are times when a tooth cannot be saved. We do everything possible to preserve as
many natural teeth as possible, but when they do need to be extracted, we will go above
and beyond the traditional methods for your comfort and long-term health.
Oral surgeons consult patients, treat inflammations of the jaw and periosteum
and salivary glands, also cysts, granulomas, diseases of the temporomandibular joint,
traumas to the jaws, inflammations of soft tissues (abscesses, lymphadenitis, etc.).
Some dental procedures require a very specific set of dental skills and fall into a branch
of dentistry called oral surgery. The surgical procedures that are most commonly
carried out in our clinic are as follows:
- Extraction of failing or broken down teeth
- Removal of retained roots (impacted teeth)
- Surgical removal of symptomatic 3rd molars (wisdom teeth), including the complex and impacted ones
- Surgical root surgery (apicectomy)
- Dental Implants and the associated bone grafting and soft tissue management
- Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
Tooth extraction is the most common surgical dental procedure.
However, each one is different. Some are simple and some require more extensive procedures.
Surgical extraction is required whenever the tooth cannot be removed by simple forceps extraction.
Conditions that warrant surgical removal would include cracked teeth, impacted teeth,
severely decayed teeth, or any condition that makes the extraction a bit difficult.
This type of tooth extraction is routine and is nothing to be afraid of.
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement
teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains
the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours
will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically
placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes.
The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts
that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide
stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Implants also help preserve facial structure,
preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
An impacted tooth simply means that tooth is stuck and cannot erupt into function.
These usually occur with third molar (wisdom) teeth. These teeth get “stuck” in the back of the jaw
and can develop painful infections or other health issues. Since there is rarely a functional need
for wisdom teeth, they are usually extracted if they develop problems. The maxillary
cuspid (upper eyetooth) is the second most common tooth to become impacted.
The cuspid tooth is a critical tooth in the dental arch and plays an important role in your bite.
The cuspid teeth are very strong biting teeth and have the longest roots of any human teeth.
They are designed to be the first teeth that touch when your jaws close together
so they guide the rest of the teeth into the proper bite.
The surgery should be planned in advance due to varying healing period, it should
be avoided before holidays, important meetings or weddings. It is reasonable to expect the face
to be swollen for 3-5 days. Oral surgeon will evaluate your individual situation during the first visit.