At Lilly Family Dentistry, we offer oral surgery to our patients. There are a number of conditions that may require oral surgery such as impacted wisdom teeth, tooth loss and TMD.
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last set of teeth to develop. An impacted tooth is one that becomes entrapped or “impacted” between the jawbone and the gum tissue. Wisdom teeth can become impacted for a number different reasons:
- The jaw is not large enough to allow room for the wisdom teeth to emerge from the gum line.
- One or more of the wisdom teeth fails to emerge in proper alignment.
- One or more of the wisdom teeth fails to fully emerge through the gum line.
Impacted wisdom teeth can result in swelling, pain, and infection of the gum tissue surrounding the wisdom teeth. In addition, impacted wisdom teeth can cause permanent damage to nearby teeth, gums, and bone and can sometimes lead to the formation of cysts or tumors that can destroy sections of the jaw. Therefore, we recommend people with impacted wisdom teeth have them surgically removed.
It’s not just wisdom teeth that sometimes become impacted and need to be removed. Other teeth, such as the cuspids and the bicuspids can become impacted and can cause the same types of problems described with impacted wisdom teeth.
Dental implants are an option for tooth loss due to an accident or infection or as an alternative to dentures. The implants are tooth root substitutes that are surgically anchored in place in the jawbone and act to stabilize the artificial teeth to which they are attached. Patients that are suitable for dental implants need to have an adequate bone level and density, not be prone to infection, and willing to maintain good oral hygiene practices.