Oral surgery refers to any surgical procedure performed in or around your mouth and jaw, by a licensed dentist.
Dental implants are surgically embedded in your jawbone, where they serve as the roots of missing teeth. The metal post in your jawbone will fuse with your gum tissue and bone over time. This is important, otherwise, the implants will slip, make noise or cause bone damage the way fixed bridgework or dentures might. Dental implants are great for those with tooth loss who are looking for a long-term treatment option.
Most people have four wisdom teeth. They are found at the very back of the mouth, with one in each far corner, and take their name from their later eruption, which usually happens in the late teenage years or even early adulthood. These large teeth take up a considerable amount of space, but since all the other adult teeth have already normally long erupted by this point, space to accommodate them can quickly become an issue. If there isn’t enough room for them, it can start to cause problems for your oral health.
Your dentist is fully committed to helping you to retain your natural teeth for as long as possible. However, there are occasions where the best course of action is to extract a tooth. This isn’t a decision that is taken lightly, and your dentist will only do this with your permission and when there is no viable alternative. While some extractions are planned a fair way in advance, sometimes a tooth needs to be removed without delay.