Minor surgical procedures involving the teeth, gums, and jaw may be needed to preserve or enhance long-term health. While our philosophy rests on maintaining teeth, each situation deserves consideration. So, when the discussion leads to a needed surgical correction, Dr. Wood and Dr. Schapper will take every step necessary to ensure your comfort and safety.
Listed below are the most common types of dental surgeries that we perform at our office:
Third molar extractions (wisdom teeth)
Wisdom teeth are the third molars, which are the last teeth to develop in your mouth. Sometimes, when these teeth erupt, they may cause problems by either not fully erupting or not being properly aligned. This causes the wisdom teeth to become impacted between the gums and the jawbone. When this happens, it can affect the health of surrounding teeth, thus requiring surgery to remove the wisdom teeth.
Tooth Extractions and Implant Restoration
Tooth extraction means the removal of a tooth that is infected or in an unsalvageable condition. The need for tooth extraction can arise because of many reasons that include extensive decay, facial trauma, or making space for other teeth in a too crowded mouth.
Dental implants are a long-term, permanent solution to replace your missing/extracted tooth. During the procedure, Dr. Kendall Wood or Dr. Matthew Schapper will surgically place a metal post into your jawbone, which will fuse with the bone over time. Dental implants act as a strong foundation for the later restoration of that tooth with an abutment crown.
A damaged tooth may need removal if it's beyond repair. We also understand patients sometimes choose to remove a tooth due to financial limitations. We'll always work hard to help you find a solution that fits every aspect of your situation. Dr. Wood and Dr. Schapper use the best methods and equipment to provide a quick and painless visit. Sedation options also offer a range of anxiety-reduction methods that you may wish to consider as well.
Dr. Wood and Dr. Schapper will advise what is best for you. We provide in-house services for your needs! On occasion, Dr. Wood and Dr. Schapper may recommend a referral to a trusted specialist; however most treatments are completed in our office.