Wisdom teeth extraction
The wisdom teeth, officially known as your third molars, are the final teeth to fully form in the mouth. For many people, wisdom teeth grow in misaligned or do not completely erupt through the gums, which can cause pain and discomfort and affect the health and alignment of nearby teeth. Additionally, food can easily become trapped around wisdom teeth, leading to gum disease and tooth decay. Wisdom teeth extraction is necessary for a high percentage of people, with the exception of the lucky few whose wisdom teeth grew in perfectly straight.
When you lose a tooth from injury, disease or decay, it’s important to replace it as soon as possible. Without the tooth root acting as an anchor in your jawbone, the bone will start to deteriorate and cause misalignment issues in the surrounding teeth. Dental implants are the strongest, longest-lasting option for tooth replacement. They ivolve a titanium screw implanted in the jawbone, an abutment to attach the screw to the prosthetic tooth, and a natural-looking crown that appears and functions like a real tooth.
If your dentist notices a lesion or sore in your mouth that looks suspicious, a biopsy might be needed to check for oral cancer. During a biopsy procedure, the dentist will remove a small piece of tissue, which will then be sent to a medical lab for analysis. If the lab results come back positive, you will be referred to a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in diseases of the gums and mouth tissue, or an otolaryngologist, a medical doctor who specializes in diseases affecting the ears, nose, and throat.
Jaw surgery can address a range of jaw-related injuries, diseases and other conditions. Examples include procedures to address unequal jaw growth, in which part or all of the upper or lower jaw is repositioned to enhance functionality, health and balance. A misaligned jaw can cause problems with appearance, along with eating and nutrition problems because it doesn’t function properly.
When you suffer injuries to your mouth or jaw, reconstructive surgery is performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Injuries can include fractured jaws, fractured facial bones, knocked-out teeth, and oral lacerations. Thanks to advances in dental science, including advanced bone grafting procedures, innovative tissue transfer techniques, and further development in dental implants, reconstructive oral surgery usually results in little to no change in a patient’s appearance.