Oral surgery covers a wide range of dental treatments including wisdom molar surgery, impacted teeth, bone graft surgery on ridge or site augmentation for implant placement.
Wisdom teeth of third molars usually erupt between ages 16-30. Most cases third molar need to be extracted due the lack of space in the jaws to erupt in a proper position. Many times extractions need to be done surgically due to the impacted eruption. Removal can avoid resorption of the neighboring teeth, infections or caries on these molars.
Ridge or site augmentation is done when there’s a lack of bone for implant placement. Once a tooth has been extracted, the bone which supported the tooth is remodeled and shrinks. If there’s a substantial shrinkage, a bone augmentation with bone graft is required prior to implant placement. Once the bone is integrated, implants are placed to regain function and smile.