Oral surgery is a sophisticated and important branch of dentistry. Oral surgery is performed after the dentist conducts a thorough diagnosis and determines the patients’ candidacy for the procedure. Oral surgery can include:
- Wisdom Teeth Removal
- Restoring a missing tooth with implants
At approximately 17 to 19 years of age, third molars or wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth. If these teeth come in appropriately aligned, and the gum tissue is healthy, then the wisdom teeth don’t need to be removed. However, this doesn’t always happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are unable to erupt within the mouth properly or when the health of the gum tissue is compromised.
An extraction is a removal of tooth that is infected or in an nonsalvageable condition. Tooth extraction can be necessary for many reasons which include extensive decay, trauma to the face, or to make space for other teeth in a crowded oral cavity. Sometimes, damaged teeth can be saved with root canals, fillings, onlays, or crowns; but, the ones that are severely damaged and cannot be saved may require an extraction.
Two types of tooth extractions are simple or surgical extractions. Simple extractions are categorized on visible teeth in the mouth where the tooth is loosened from its socket and removed generally in one piece. Surgical extraction require the use of a dental handpiece to cut surrounding bone or cut the tooth into pieces so it can be removed.
At Complete Dental Health, Albany, we practice oral surgery which includes tooth extraction and dental implant surgery. Our team is equipped to meet most of your dental needs in our office. If you suspect your teeth have an issue, call us and we will help answer your questions.