Oral Surgery Q & A

Oral Surgery

Do Wisdom Teeth Have to be Removed?

Wisdom teeth are the final teeth to erupt in a person’s mouth. Many individuals don’t have enough room for them to fit comfortably and properly. This can cause the wisdom teeth to emerge pointing in the wrong direction. They can become impacted, or stuck, underneath teeth which have previously erupted as well. This issue goes together with built up pressure and discomfort. This pressure can also damage the existing teeth and even lead to tooth loss. A person’s sinuses and ears can also be affected by the pressure. All of these factors make removing the wisdom teeth a good idea. This can prevent these issues from developing.

How Are Dental Implants Used?

Dental implants are installed in three appointments and are used to replace missing teeth. First, the implant post, which is made from titanium, is installed in the person’s jawbone. Several weeks then pass to allow the post to join with the surrounding bone tissue. If needed, a bone graft can be utilized to supply bone tissue to the area of bone where the implant will be placed. Once the post has fused to the jaw, the abutment is attached in the following visit. The abutment connects the post to an artificial tooth or crown. An impression of the gap will be made and sent to a lab where the prosthetic will be made. Lastly, the artificial tooth, bridge, crown, or denture is connected to the implant post and buffed until smooth and even.

What is a Sinus Lift?

The sinus lift is a procedure employed to reconstruct a person’s upper jawbone through a bone graft which prepares it for the dental implant. This helps to make sure that the upper jawbone can fully support the dental implant. It also creates space between upper jawbone and the sinus which is needed for the titanium post. Bone grafts used are traditionally collected from a bone tissue bank or from another place within the patient’s body.