Oral Dental Surgery, Implants and Dental Surgery
Oral surgery is a specialist type of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing and surgically treating diseases or abnormalities in the teeth, jaws and nearby areas.
Dutch Barton has an in house Oral Surgery Specialist who takes care of patients needing surgical treatments involving the mouth, jaws and teeth.
Some of the many Oral Surgery procedures are explained below:
What are dental implants?A dental implant is an artificial tooth implanted into the jaw bone. It is generally made of titanium and covered with a porcelain crown or a bridge to give the appearance of real teeth. Implants are very durable and will last many years. Dental implants can restore almost any smile even if natural teeth have been lost. The success rate for implants is remarkable: 98 percent for lower implants and 91 percent for upper implants.Many people who consider implants have removable, conventional dentures for lower and upper jaws, or have removable bridges. These people experience a significant improvement in their ability to chew food comfortably after their dental implant treatment.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The implant team usually includes either a periodontist or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who implants the posts into the patient’s mouth, and a dentist who designs and fits the replacement teeth or permanent bridge.
At the first appointment, we use an X-ray to determine if the jaw bone is adequate to hold the titanium posts. Models of the mouth are often made using a soft, pliable plastic compound. These models show where the gaps are located and provide measurements for a replacement tooth or a bridge. Treatment with dental implants requires careful planning for the best results.
Today the implants being placed often only require one surgical procedure using a local anaesthetic. The procedure is absolutely painless and there is surprisingly little discomfort afterwards.
Implants can replace single or several teeth. They can also be used to stabilise loose dentures.
Tooth Extractions including wisdom teeth
Tooth extraction is the process of removing one or more teeth from your mouth by a dentist. The whole process may be done in one session or completed over a number of visits. Depending on the problem which caused the need for extraction, the removed tooth may or may not need replacing. There can be a range of reasons for needing a tooth extracted.
The most common reasons include; when your tooth is damaged beyond repair and when you have extensive gum disease that leads to the tooth loosening. In some cases, prematurely losing your milk teeth can lead to crowding as your second teeth come through. This can lead to crooked teeth and one or more may need to be extracted so that the remaining teeth can be straightened.
Similarly, you may not have enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth to burst through. In cases like this, wisdom teeth can become stuck behind the existing tooth and may need extracting. The vast majority of patients do not have any problems following extraction other than some temporary discomfort.
An apicectomy is necessary when infection develops and refuses to go away after a root canal treatment. Root canals are very complex and they have several small branches off the main canal. There are times where even after root canal treatment; there will still be infected debris in the branches. This will prevent healing and may even cause more infections later on.
In an apicectomy, the root tip or the apex is removed along with the infected tissue. A filling is placed afterwards so that the end of the root is sealed. Apicectomies are usually referred to as endodontic microsurgery since it is usually done under an operating microscope.