Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral Surgery is a recognized international specialty in dentistry. It includes the diagnosis, surgical and related treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the mouth, teeth, gums, and jaws. It involves dental implants, wisdom teeth removal, apicectomy, temporomandibular joint disorders, orthodontic surgery like removal of impacted canines, exposure of canines, and bone grafts.
A wisdom tooth that has not grown correctly, e.g. is tilted or laying horizontally is referred to as an impacted wisdom tooth. In most cases where people have an impacted wisdom tooth oral surgery is required to remove such wisdom tooth.
Be assured that our surgeon will take x-rays before any surgery, in order to determine the degree of impaction before removal and avoid unnecessary complications during the procedure.
As each person has a different anatomy and an individual set of teeth, the reasons for a possible wisdom teeth removal can be different for everyone. The most common reasons for a wisdom teeth removal are the prevention of future issues and the correction of current problems or pain.
Due to the delayed growth of wisdom teeth, wisdom teeth can cause severe pain when they break through when there is insufficient space for them in the person’s jaw. The lack of room in the jaw may cause the wisdom tooth to exert pressure on neighboring teeth, causing a very uncomfortable pain that can even lead to severe migraines in people.
Furthermore, in the long-term the exerted pressure may even cause other teeth to shift as they must compensate for the pressure. This shift of teeth may lead to an improper bite, or unaesthetic smile due to cooked teeth.
Besides causing pressure in the jaw, wisdom teeth may also emerge at an angle, grow only partially or get stuck and not break through at all. In instances when wisdom teeth have not grown correctly, they will be very difficult to clean, making them a high-risk candidate for inflammations or cavities as food and other bacteria may get stuck around the edges and surrounding tissue.
- Pain, swelling, inflammatio
- Cyst around the wisdom tooth
- Tooth decay
- Complications for maintaining the health of the tooth
- Damage to or severe pressure on neighboring teeth
- Overcrowding (causing teeth having to shift in your mouth