Oral surgery covers a very broad area as there are many different treatments that require surgical intervention. It mainly focuses on problems in the mouth, covering the teeth, soft tissues and supporting structures. Many people are nervous at the thought of having any type of surgery, but oral surgery tends to be less invasive and the treatments rarely last longer than an hour.
What treatments does oral surgery include?
- Extracting infected or extensively damaged teeth
- Extracting wisdom teeth
- Removing crowded or extremely misaligned teeth
- Placing implants
- Bone grafts
- Sinus lifts
- Correcting significant jaw misalignments
- Treating TMD
- Soft tissue surgery for abnormal lumps and polyps
- Treating tongue and lip ties
The most common type of oral surgery treatment is extractions. Teeth will need to be extracted for a number of reasons, whether because the tooth is heavily damaged from decay or because it has grown in a way that detriments the rest of your oral health. Extractions can either be simple or surgical. A simple extraction involves loosening the tooth with dental forceps and removing it from the socket. A surgical extraction is more complicated and is needed if the tooth needs to be removed in sections or has already become broken. In all cases, we always make sure you are completely comfortable with the treatment and use local anaesthetic with all our oral surgery treatments.
As the treatment involves placing the implant into the jaw bone, a surgeon with extensive knowledge of the facial anatomy is the best choice. Our oral surgeon and our prosthodontists are both qualified and experienced in placing implants and looking after their upkeep. We also offer treatments that can restore lost bone density if the jaw has become too degraded to be able to support an implant on its own.