Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Pitt Meadows

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a dental specialty that is designed to diagnose and diseased, injured, or defected hard and soft tissues of the jaw, mouth, face, and neck. Surgeons who specialize in this surgery complete four to six years of training in addition to dental school. Some of the surgeries include:

  • Dental implants.
  • Jaw misalignment treatment.
  • Tooth extraction.
  • Wisdom teeth extraction.
  • Cleft palate surgeries.
  • Apicoectomy (root end surgery).
  • Facial reconstruction.
  • Sleep apnea treatment.
  • Facial cosmetic surgery.
  • Biopsy and treatment of oral cancers, tumours and cysts.

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Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Pitt Meadows

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars are the last teeth to surface – usually between ages 17-25. While most people have four wisdom teeth, some don’t have any. In rare scenarios, some people have more than four wisdom teeth. As a part of your regular examinations, your dentist observes your wisdom teeth with x-rays.

85% of wisdom teeth will eventually require removal as estimated by The American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. Wisdom teeth are often impacted because they may not properly emerge through the gums, they could grow crooked or even sideways. If left untreated, the affected teeth can cause problems such as misalignment of the other teeth and jaw, headaches, infections and crowding. Even if not impacted, it can be difficult to clean wisdom teeth and removal may be required to reduce risks of infection and decay.

According to the Canadian Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, an ideal time to remove wisdom teeth is during late teens-early 20s. However, if the removal is performed during a later age, it can be effective, but healing may be slower and also the risk of complication could be higher.

Wisdom teeth extraction is carried out under local or general anesthetic. Depending on your preference and complexity of the situation, Meadows Dental Group can carry out the procedure. We can also refer to an oral surgeon.

If you are seeking Maxillofacial Surgery in Pitt Meadows, Oral Surgery in Pitt Meadows, tooth extraction in Pitt Meadows or Wisdom teeth extraction in Pitt Meadows, we welcome you to contact us to book an appointment.

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