We do all we can to avoid extracting teeth, but sometimes it’s the best outcome for your oral health. Extractions can stop an infection from spreading as well as relieve tooth pain.
Reasons for removing a tooth include:
- Extensive decay or a broken tooth that cannot be repaired.
- A baby tooth that has failed to fall out and is preventing a permanent tooth from emerging.
- An impacted wisdom tooth – wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to emerge, but if there is not sufficient space in the mouth, they may come through at an angle or fail to fully erupt. This can result in the tooth becoming ‘impacted’, which can cause swelling, pain and infection of the surrounding gum area.
- The need to make more space for orthodontic treatment to reduce crowding and so optimum results can be achieved.
An extraction will either be a simple extraction, performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth, or a surgical extraction which is used for a tooth that has broken off at the gum line or has not yet emerged.
Oral surgery does also cover placing implants. Dental implants are a long-lasting solution to missing teeth and can also provide increased stability to a new or existing denture. They consist of tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone to act as substitute tooth roots.
Jaw Related Problems
This type of surgery is performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons and common reasons for carrying it out include:
- Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ) – the temporomandibular joint is located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. Joint surgery can help with disorders of this small joint which can commonly cause headaches and facial pain.
- Trauma to the jaw
- Malocclusion (an incorrect ‘bite’)
- Clenching or grinding of the teeth
- Improving the fit of dentures – surgery can be carried out to correct irregularities of the jaw so dentures will be a better fit.
- Difficulty chewing or eating, opening the mouth or talking
- Incorrect jaw position which may lead to an unbalanced facial appearance
Soft Tissue Surgery
We can remove any abnormal lumps and bumps that are causing issues. As part of your routine check-ups, we screen for oral cancer. If we think that there may be something suspicious, we can carry out biopsies and also remove any non-cancerous growths.