Wisdom Teeth Removal and More
The teeth in your mouth are essential for your daily functions and allow you to eat, speak, and drink easily and comfortably. But sometimes, there are cases when teeth cause problems or become so damaged that they need to be removed.
At Oral Surgery on Merivale in Ottawa, ON, we perform teeth extractions to remove wisdom teeth, extra teeth, or teeth that have become damaged beyond repair. While we always work to preserve your natural teeth by repairing or restoring damage, there are times when damage and decay have progressed beyond the point of repair. Other times, there are simply too many teeth in your mouth to fit comfortably. Whatever the reason for extraction, our team is here to help make the process simple and straightforward.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
By the time most people reach 18 years old, they have a total of 32 teeth, with 16 on top and 16 on the bottom. However, the average adult mouth can comfortably hold just 28 teeth. By the time the last four molars (wisdom teeth) come in, there may simply be no room for them. Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop and often become impacted or grow sideways, causing many oral health problems.
Our team at Oral Surgery on Merivale performs wisdom teeth removal in the event that your wisdom teeth are coming in poorly, are impacted, or are causing other problems.
Erupted Teeth Removal
Erupted teeth are those that are already visible in your mouth, having pushed through the gums. While most of these teeth are functional and can remain as is, there are times when erupted teeth need removal. If you have more teeth than can comfortably fit in your mouth or have teeth that are interfering with orthodontics, we may need to remove healthy teeth to make room for more comfortable tooth alignment and function.
While our team at Oral Surgery on Merivale always strives to restore and repair damaged teeth instead of removing them, there are times when there is too much decay and damage. If you have teeth that are damaged beyond restoration or are dealing with gum disease and infection, we may need to remove the entire tooth. In that event, we’ll discuss options with you for restorative dentistry, such as dental implants, dentures, or dental bridges.
Retained Root Removal
When removing a tooth, dentists also remove the tooth root to prevent root infections and pain. When a tooth is lost through injury or decay, however, the root is sometimes retained within the jawbone and gums. If left untreated, this retained tooth root is susceptible to infections or decay, which causes significant pain and discomfort.
Our team at Oral Surgery on Merivale in Ottawa, ON, can perform retained root removal surgery to prevent these problems. We’ll consult with you about the type of surgery needed and help you make the best decision for your condition and personal preferences.