Oral surgery includes teeth extraction, bone grafts and sinus lifts.
Why would I need teeth extracted and how is it done?
A tooth would need to be extracted when the tooth has severe decay, the tooth is broken and irreparable, a wisdom tooth is impacted (cannot fully erupt), the area has gum disease or when the teeth are crowded and need some space before orthodontic treatment.
During treatment, the dentist will administer a local anaesthetic to numb the area so there is no pain or discomfort. If you are worried or nervous, we can offer you sedation options.
What is a bone graft?
When you are being considered for a dental implant, the dentist will look at the bone of your jaw as the dental implant is an artificial root inserted into the jaw.
A bone graft is needed when the jaw bone is too thin or soft to keep the implant in. It is then recommended to wait several months for the graft to create new strong bone. Following this, the implant procedure can then go ahead.
What is a sinus lift?
A sinus lift is done when there is not enough bone in the upper jaw when being considered for implants, or if the sinuses are too close to the jaw.
During surgery, the gum tissue is raised and a small window is opened in the bone. There is a membrane lining the sinus on the other side of the jaw and this is pushed upwards. Bone graft material is packed into the space where the sinus was and then the gap closed and stitched. It is recommended to wait several months for the graft to create new strong bone.