At Vic West Dentistry in Victoria, our dentists perform a variety of oral surgery procedures to treat dental issues and improve your oral health.
What is Oral Surgery?
Diseases, injuries and defects of the hard and soft tissues of the face, mouth, teeth and jaws need to be effectively diagnosed and surgically treated when other options prove untenable. This falls under oral surgery.
While we always prefer to use the least invasive treatment option possible to resolve any given dental issue, in some cases less invasive treatment options are simply not sufficient, and oral surgery is needed.
Dental implants are small titanium screw that functions similar to a natural tooth root. Dentists at Vic West Dentistry place dental implants as part of the process to replace a missing tooth and restore your smile. Together with a tooth replacement such as a dental bridge or crown, a dental implant looks and functions much like a natural tooth.
While we always prefer to save a natural tooth, in some circumstances this will prove impossible. For example, if a tooth is too severely damaged as a result of injury, decay or gum disease, your dentist may need to remove it. Your dentist will discuss tooth replacement options with you, including bridges, crowns and dentures.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
The final set of molars to erupt in the back corners of a normal adult mouth are wisdom teeth. Though this third set of teeth isn't always functional, they may cause problem for your oral hygiene if they become impacted, are crowding out other teeth or are not growing in correctly. They will need to be removed by your dentist to help preserve your oral health.
During a frenectomy procedure, your dentist eliminates a frenum, a small piece of tissue joining your lips, tongue or cheek to your gum area. Though our dentists typically perform frenectomies for babies, patients of any age whose frenum is restricting function can receive this procedure. The condition is often referred to as lip-tied, tongue-tied or cheek-tied.
For a bone graft procedure, your dentist adds bone tissue to your jaw bone, strengthening it enough to support a dental implant. If your jaw bone is too fragile or thin to support a dental implant, your dentist may recommend this procedure. Bone from another part of your body or special bone graft material may be used.