Oral surgery covers surgical procedures in the mouth. Extractions are the most common surgical treatment that a dentist will carry out, but oral surgery can also involve soft tissue surgery and gum grafts. Placing implants also fits under the oral surgery umbrella.
At Slateford Dental Care, we always put your care and wellbeing first. It’s natural to be uneasy at the prospect of any surgical treatment, so we do all we can to make the treatment as relaxing and straight-forward as possible. Before any treatment, we take the time to talk through what to expect so there are no hidden surprises.
Sometimes the best course of action to help relieve dental pain and protect your oral health from further harm is to have an extraction. We do all we can to save teeth, but in some cases, extracting a tooth is the only thing we can do.
There are two main types of extraction: simple and surgical. For a simple extraction, it only takes a short appointment for us to remove the problem tooth. If there are complications, if the tooth has broken apart or there are fragments in the gum, we will need a surgical extraction to remove pieces. Whatever type of extraction, we will always have anaesthesia to remove all discomfort.
If wisdom teeth grow awkwardly and become impacted (growing in the wrong direction and into the back molar), we will need to extract them to relieve pain. Impacting wisdom teeth are common and occur when there’s not enough room in the mouth to accommodate them. We don’t necessarily need wisdom teeth so removing them has no negative effect on your overall oral health. In fact, many people go their whole lives without them even erupting.