Oral surgeons are experts in oral and maxillofacial surgery. At the 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 tooth extraction is the most common oral surgery procedure performed at the 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. Early removal is recommended to avoid these issues and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
It is sometimes necessary to remove wisdom teeth under general anesthesia. This is true in cases where the wisdom teeth are severely impacted and very difficult to remove. 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 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 analogous to the building of a fence where a concrete base is created to anchor every fencepost around which the fence is built. In the case of implants, tiny titanium posts (‘concrete base’) are surgically placed into the jawbone where the teeth are missing. This titanium base will act as the foundation for the artificial tooth. After sufficient time to heal and bond with the bone of the jaw, the implants are uncovered and small titanium posts (‘fencepost’) are added that will then protrude through the gums. These posts will act as the anchors for the artificial tooth constructed around them (the fence itself). Patients experience minimal discomfort after the procedure that is easily controlled with oral medication.
Usually performed under local anesthesia with sedation, 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…they can eat virtually anything and never worry that their dentures will slip! They can smile with confidence again!
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