Oral surgery is the branch of dentistry which treats many diseases, injuries and defects in the hard and soft tissues of the mouth, including teeth extraction. Teeth extractions, as well as minor oral surgical procedures are performed routinely in a sterile environment at our clinic. We also work in close co-operation with renowned local Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons to deal with impacted wisdom teeth and more complicated procedures such as the removal of tumours or sinus surgery.
Wisdom teeth are the molars (back teeth) that come through last, usually in the late teens or early 20s. There are normally two wisdom teeth in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw, but some people have less than four, or even none at all. Sometimes, the wisdom tooth comes through at an angle and pushes into the gum or the tooth beside it. This is called impaction. A wisdom tooth on an angle can’t help with chewing, which makes it useless and sometimes painful.
When there is not enough room in the jaw for wisdom teeth, it can stop them coming through properly. Brushing and flossing these teeth can be difficult. Food and bacteria can get stuck between the wisdom tooth and the tooth next to it, leading to tooth decay and gum infections. Crowded wisdom teeth in the upper jaw often lean sideways and rub against the cheek. This may cause ulcers on the cheek and chewing problems. Wisdom teeth may also push the other teeth closer together and affect a person’s bite.
Not all wisdom teeth require specialist attention. The most important factors affecting the decision to have the procedure performed by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon include the amount of bone covering the impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth and the position of the teeth roots to the nerves that supply the jaw.