At Guildford Dental Centre we provide a comprehensive number of oral surgery procedures. We are able to do complex extractions such as Impacted wisdom teeth, retained roots and broken teeth.
Your wisdom teeth normally erupt from the ages of 17 onward. They are the last of the large grinding teeth at the back of the mouth to emerge. Some people never develop wisdom teeth; others can have up to four – one in each corner of the mouth.
Often wisdom teeth cause no problems especially when there is not enough space left in the mouth for them to emerge properly. When this happens, they are described as ‘Impacted’. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, infection or damage to the teeth next to them. If the gum around the wisdom tooth is swollen the jaw may become stiff and sore. Infection at the back of the mouth can cause bad breath and a bad taste.
The surgical removal of one or more wisdom teeth can relieve these problems. However, removing the wisdom teeth does not usually improve crookedness or crowding in other teeth.
If you have problems such as infection or cysts , tooth decay or gum disease around a wisdom tooth you should think about having it removed. If you have impacted wisdom teeth that are not causing problems you do not need to have them removed.
An Apicectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the tip of the root of a tooth from the jawbone, through an opening in the gum. At the same time, infected tissue from around the end of the root may be removed to control a disease process or to encourage healing.