At Prairie Mall Dental Clinic, our Grande Prairie dentists perform oral surgery procedures including tooth extractions and wisdom teeth removal to remove damaged teeth and preserve your oral health.
What is Oral Surgery?
The diagnosis and surgical treatment of defects, injuries and diseases of the soft and hard tissues of the mouth face, jaw and teeth fall under oral surgery.
While we always prefer to use the least invasive treatment possible for any dental problem, less invasive treatment alternatives are simply not sufficient in some cases. That's when oral surgery is required.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom teeth emerge later in life in our late teens or early twenties, and can become problematic if they grow in the wrong positions, become impacted or if or they don't have enough room to erupt properly in the back corners of the mouth.
These teeth may be prone to more cavities, swelling and issues that can threaten your oral health. If this final set of molars is causing discomfort, pain or problems for your oral hygiene, your dentist may recommend having them extracted to help protect your oral health and maintain a healthy smile.
If you have a tooth that needs to be extracted, your dentist will review tooth replacement options with you. These may include dental bridges, crowns or other restorative treatments.
During a simple tooth extraction, your dentist removes a visible tooth from its socket in the bone. While we prefer to save a natural tooth, in some cases this is not possible. If a tooth is too badly damaged as a result of injury, gum disease or decay, it may need to be removed.
A complex extraction involves altering the tissue and bone that support the tooth. Sometimes, if a tooth is too decayed under the gum line or fractured at the bone or root level, your dentist will need to cut gums and remove bone in order to remove a tooth.