What is Dentoalveolar Surgery?
Dentoalveolar surgery refers to the surgical treatment of diseases associated with the teeth and in the tissues surrounding them. This kind of dental surgery includes the following procedures:
- Surgery to remove wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth are typically removed to treat a problem, or to avoid a potential problem that may occur. When wisdom teeth appear, patients often find that their mouth is not big enough for them, and they become impacted as a result. This means that they are not able to emerge through the gums or become normal functional teeth. In some cases gum tissue grows over the wisdom teeth, which increases the risk of infection and damage to other teeth and surrounding bone. If there is not enough space in the mouth, teeth can grow at irregular angles and cause discomfort.
- Other tooth extractions
Dr Fisher has extensive experience in diagnosing and extracting problematic teeth. This can include an impacted tooth (a tooth that does not fully emerge through the gum tissue); teeth that are negatively affecting medically compromised patients; teeth that are infected or diseased, or teeth that are difficult to remove.
- Preprosthetic surgery
Preprosthetic dental surgery helps to prepare the mouth for the placement of dentures (both partial or complete). This surgery ensures that the dentures fit correctly and that the bone on which the dentures will rest is the correct shape and size. In some cases, part of the bone needs to be removed or reshaped before the dentures can be placed, and if so, there are a number of procedures that can be performed. These include smoothing and reshaping of bone, removal of bone, removal of excess gum or skin grafts.
- Surgical procedures associated with orthodontic treatment
In some cases, patients may need surgery to extract teeth or move teeth in preparation for orthodontic treatment. This can include the removal of retained baby teeth, or unerupted teeth. Attachments can be placed on unerupted teeth to assist with orthodontic movement or eruption of teeth.