Oral surgery refers to any surgical procedure performed in or around your mouth and jaw, usually by a specialist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.
The most common types of in-office oral surgery procedures are:
- Simple Tooth extraction
- Surgical extraction of root tips or impacted wisdom teeth
- Management of soft and hard tissue trauma
Surgical removal of impacted teeth
Impacted teeth are those that are not fully erupted and partially or fully submerged in bone. The position of the tooth and proximity to surrounding tooth roots and nerves is assessed using a full-mouth panoramic radiograph or a 3D CBCT scan.
The most commonly impacted tooth is the third molars or ‘wisdom teeth’. These are formed between the ages of 17-25 years. These teeth are prone to infection and create a gum trap for food and bacteria leading to inflammation of the surrounding gums known as Pericoronitis. Wisdom teeth removal can be performed comfortably under local anesthesia or under sedation. Most people recover from wisdom tooth removal in just a few days, with little discomfort.