Dr. Wurth performs a variety of oral surgery procedures.
Wisdom Teeth (3rd Molars)
When wisdom teeth are properly aligned and the surrounding gum tissue is healthy, it is not always necessary to remove them. However, quite often,there is a lack of sufficient space in the jawbone. Impacted and malpositioned wisdom teeth should be removed to prevent dental crowding and limit the risk of infection, pain, and pathology.
Dental implants are essentially titanium metal screws that are placed in the jawbone to mimic the root of a tooth. These implants integrate with the bone forming a foundation upon which a replacement tooth can be placed. When there are numerous teeth that need to be replaced a range of implants from 2-6 can be placed to provide a strong foundation for dental prostheses.
Exposure of Teeth
When a tooth is impacted it either needs to be extracted, surgically exposed and moved into place with orthodontic appliances, or left in place and observed with x-rays to ensure that cysts or other types of pathology are not developing.
There are several reasons why one may have a deficient amount of jawbone. Oftentimes it is due to congenitally missing teeth, the premature loss of teeth, or trauma. In these situations, bone grafting techniques are often necessary to allow for dental implant placement and reconstruction. The bone can be obtained from a tissue bank or taken from your jaw, hip, or tibia.
IV Sedation/General Anesthesia
A small intravenous line is used to administer medications that make the patient feel relaxed and go to sleep. These medications also alleviate pain and make one not remember surgery.
Any change in the appearance of the soft and hard tissues of the mouth can be a warning sign of pathology. In addition, some pathologic lesions may cause noticeable pain, swelling, or changes in sensation, however others may be asymptomatic and first noticed by your dentist or physician. Oftentimes a biopsy is necessary to obtain a diagnosis.
Removal of Teeth
One of the most common procedures performed in the office is extraction of decayed or otherwise diseased/non-restorable teeth. Dr. Wurth frequently extracts numerous teeth in the same visit which limits the recovery time and reduces the cost. Your dentist may provide dentures to insert at the time of the extractions to replace the missing teeth.