Oral surgery is one of those medical measures in life that nobody wants to think about, but that almost everyone has to consider at one point or another. One of the most common oral surgery procedures is tooth extraction. While different reasons exist for the surgical removal of teeth, its frequent purpose is simply to create space in the mouth. Whether a tooth extraction improves comfort and function, facilitates natural bite alignment correction, removes extra teeth or is part of a full-mouth reconstruction, this oral surgery procedure may pave the way for the healthiest, strongest smile of your life.
We know that euphemism makes tooth extraction sound like something to be avoided—and Dr. Darr bypasses it whenever he can. A defining trait of his quality dentistry is to save your natural teeth if at all possible, but there are times when extraction has to happen for you to live your best life—and that’s where we come in!
Extractions are not always performed to make more room in the mouth. There are times when teeth have become extremely decayed or infected, or when gum disease has weakened the structure of your bite. Gum infections can become especially severe in patients whose immune systems have been compromised by different medical conditions.
Wisdom teeth usually make their appearance in the late teens or early twenties. Some people have healthy, well-aligned wisdom teeth, but more frequently, they grow in at strange angles, crowding or damaging teeth, jawbones, or nerves they touch.
There are many factors that determine whether your wisdom teeth will require removal. The shape of your mouth and the way your teeth are positioned will have to be assessed by Dr. Darr, and your age can also play a role. If you are experiencing pain, swelling, or an unpleasant odor near your back teeth, it may be a good idea to have them checked out—just in case.
Wisdom teeth can also be impacted in the jaw—which means they either remain completely enveloped by the soft gum tissue or have only partially erupted through the jaw without further movement. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, stiff jaws, and general illness, and the partially erupted variety are also more prone to tooth decay and gum disease.
Full mouth reconstruction is the process of replacing or rebuilding a patient’s entire set of teeth. Full mouth reconstructions combine restorative and cosmetic dental procedures to return function, beauty and health to the mouth. Since the full mouth reconstruction process combines several different types of dental procedures—and since every patient’s dental case is different—treatment has to be both customized and comprehensive to obtain the desired end result.
Generally, dental treatment (or more accurately, a combination of dental treatments) that affects all the teeth in a patient’s mouth is called full mouth reconstruction. It may also be referred to as full mouth rehabilitation. Full mouth reconstruction can also include oral cancer treatments requiring not only missing teeth replacement, but restoration of structural damage to the entire oral cavity.
The components of full mouth reconstruction can be made up of just a couple of treatments or a series of several procedures that are contingent on your individual dental situation. Any combination of extractions, oral surgery, gum disease treatment, dental implants, and restorations can not only transform the appearance of a patient’s smile, but improve ability to chew food and enjoy beverages with decreased sensitivity to hot and cold.
*Dr. Darr is a general dentist providing oral surgery services.