Our oral surgeon specialises in managing problems with teeth and the surrounding bone that require surgical care. The most common procedures carried out by our oral surgeon are routine and complex extractions, including impacted wisdom teeth.
The most common reasons for extraction by an oral surgeon are:
Wisdom Teeth Removal
If there’s not enough room for wisdom teeth to grow at the back of your mouth, they become what is known as ‘impacted’. This can cause pain, swelling and/or infection, in which case they should be removed.
Sometimes dentists extract teeth to prepare the mouth for orthodontics. The goal of orthodontics is to properly align the teeth, which may not be possible if your teeth are too big for your mouth. Likewise, if a tooth cannot break through the gum (erupt) because there is not room in the mouth for it, your dentist may recommend extraction.
If tooth decay or damage extends to the pulp - the centre of the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels -- bacteria in the mouth can enter the pulp, leading to infection. If infection is so severe that antibiotics do not cure it, extraction may be needed to prevent the spread of infection.
It may be necessary to remove buried roots, particularly if they are symptomatic.
Our oral surgeon can also carry out a variety of minor soft tissue procedures including removal of polyps and cysts.