Oral Surgery

Oral surgeons are experts in oral and maxillofacial surgery. At WSC, our team of oral surgeons have many years of experience and expertise in all aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery ranging from dental implants and wisdom tooth removal to corrective jaw surgery.

Wisdom Teeth:

 

Wisdom tooth extraction is the most common oral surgery procedure we perform at WSC.

 

Teeth grow in as we grow older. By and large, our mouth is able to hold 28 teeth. As adults, we usually will have 32 teeth inside of our mouths. These 4 extra teeth ‘crowding the scene’ are our third molars, otherwise known as wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are often poorly positioned and grow at different angles in comparison to the rest of our teeth. As a result, they can cause a multitude of problems including pain, infection, tooth decay, periodontal disease, adjacent tooth loss, and crowding. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. We recommend early removal to avoid any issues and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.

 

It is sometimes necessary to remove wisdom teeth under general anesthesia, especially in cases where the wisdom teeth are severely impacted and difficult to extract from the gums. It is also true that at times, some patients are simply not able to tolerate wisdom tooth extraction in the traditional setting of a dental office. Treatment under general anesthesia, in these cases, provides ideal conditions for both the surgeon and the patient.

 

Dental Implants

 

Dental implants are long-term replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

 

Requiring the combined efforts of an oral surgeon and a restorative dentist, the placement of dental implants is usually a multi-step process. In the case of implants, the surgeon places tiny titanium posts into the jawbone in the empty tooth cavity. This titanium base acts as the foundation for the artificial tooth. The artificial tooth implants fit tightly around the bases. Patients experience minimal discomfort after the procedure that they can control with oral medication.

 

Dental implants have revolutionized oral health care and are fast becoming the preferred option for replacing missing teeth. People who have suffered the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss can again experience life to its fullest, and they can eat virtually anything without worrying their dentures will slip. They can smile with confidence again!

 

Additional Information

 

Our goal is to provide you with the information required to ease the decision-making process.

 

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