Skip Navigation

Oral Surgery

There are a number of situations in which oral surgery may be necessary. While the prospect of oral surgery may seem daunting, be assured that the dentists at Smile Solutions Dental Centre in White Rock will adequately prepare you for the procedure and ensure your utmost comfort during each step of the process.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

There are usually three sets of permanent molars that develop in a person’s upper and lower jaw. The first molars usually grow into the mouth at around the age of 6. The second molars usually grow around the age of 12. Third molars, also called wisdom teeth, are the last of a person’s teeth to surface, usually between ages 17-25. Most people get four wisdom teeth, but some don’t have any, and in some rare cases, people end up with more than four. Your dentist will observe your wisdom teeth through x-rays as part of regular examinations.

 

In many cases, wisdom teeth do not grow in properly. There is also the potential of having unhealthy gum tissue around them. Often, wisdom teeth do not erupt properly or become impacted, requiring them to be extracted. The Canadian Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (CAOMS) states that 85% of people with wisdom teeth will eventually have to have them removed. If left untreated, impacted teeth can cause a host of problems, including misalignment of the jaw.

 

Even if not impacted, wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean and often require removal to reduce the risk of decay and infection. To avoid potential problems later in life, most dentists remove impacted wisdom teeth.

 

Your dentist will examine your mouth and x-rays to determine if your wisdom teeth are impacted or will not grow properly. Impacted teeth may cause problems that can lead to infection, adjacent tooth resorption, gum disease, cysts, or tumours.

Symptoms of impacted teeth:

  • Pain and stiffness of the jaw

  • Infection in the mouth

  • Headaches

  • Facial swelling

  • Swelling of the gum line in the back of the mouth

Wisdom teeth are typically removed after the roots are formed, or at least three-fourths developed. This is usually in the late adolescent years. Surgeries performed later in life are still effective, but healing may be slower, and the risk of complications may be slightly higher.

 

Wisdom teeth extraction is performed under local or general anesthetic and does not require an overnight stay. The surgery is performed in an environment of optimum safety, with modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are fixtures of titanium that are surgically screwed into your jaw bone. The implant is an anchor for a naturally-appearing false tooth or a set of false teeth. The success rate of dental implants depends on where the implants are placed and their purpose. They are typically best placed in the front portion of your lower jaw. Implants are great for replacing missing teeth. You must have enough bone in the area of the missing teeth for the implants to be attached. Implants are not only used to replace one tooth but can be used on all of their teeth. Implants are increasingly being used to replace certain types of bridges and removable partial dentures.

What Is an Implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that’s surgically inserted into the bone of the jaw to replace the root of a missing tooth. An artificial tooth is attached to the implant.

A dental implant is fabricated from a very strong material that is compatible with your body and is placed in a simple office procedure which generally is no more inconvenient than a tooth extraction. After an initial healing period during which the implant is buried in bone and left undisturbed under gum tissue, it is uncovered and connected to a small metal post that secures and supports the artificial teeth.

Placing a dental implant after a tooth’s been lost can prevent a chain reaction of problems that could affect the entire mouth. Teeth need each other for support. When a tooth is lost, it changes the biting forces on the teeth next to the space, causing them to shift. When a tooth no longer has anything to chew against, it begins to extrude out of the socket. You can eventually end up losing that tooth, as well.

A bridge is another way to solve the missing-tooth problem. But two advantages of an implant over a bridge are that the teeth next to the space aren’t affected with an implant as they are in the preparation for a bridge. Also, the implant helps stop the ongoing bone loss that occurs once a tooth has been lost. A missing tooth really changes a person’s smile, but a dental implant can replace the missing tooth and greatly improve your smile!

As your bite changes, it becomes increasingly difficult to chew your food, possibly damaging your jaw-joint, the TMJ. It’s much harder to clean teeth that have shifted. Harmful plaque and tartar collect in these new hard-to-reach places, causing cavities and the permanent bone loss that comes with gum disease.

A bridge is another way to solve the missing-tooth problem. But two advantages of an implant over a bridge are that the teeth next to the space aren’t affected with an implant as they are in the preparation for a bridge. Also, the implant helps stop the ongoing bone loss that occurs once a tooth has been lost. A missing tooth really changes a person’s smile, but a dental implant can replace the missing tooth and greatly improve your smile!

Bone Grafting

Dental bone grafting is performed to build up the jawbone. In cases where the jaw bone is damaged or receded, bone grafting is performed as a preparation step prior to a dental implant or restoration. These restorations require sufficient jaw bone volume for optimal chances of success.

Jaw bone volume can be insufficient for a number of reasons:

  • Periodontal (gum) disease and infections – progressively attacks gum tissue and will eventually damage the jaw bone if left untreated. Other infections can also diminish bone.

  • Tooth extraction – it is estimated that following a tooth extraction, the patient loses 40-60% of the bone surrounding the tooth site within three years.

  • Injury – blows to the jaw or other dental injuries can cause the jaw to recede. Bone grafting treatment can take several months to complete. It is performed as an outpatient surgery (no overnight stay.) Typically, bone is harvested from another part of the patient's body.

The extraction and grafting sites are numbed with local anesthetic, then small incisions are made to access the bone. The bone is harvested, then anchored to the grafting site. Both sites are closed with sutures. The new bone will eventually fuse with existing bone and encourage new bone growth.

Smile Solutions Dental Centre

Dr Nathan Kennedy – General dentist & Owner

Dr E.Bruce Kennedy – General Dentist

Dr. Jennifer Hermessman – General Dentist & Co-Owner

Address
Suite #202–15451 Russell Avenue
White Rock, BC V4B 2R5

 

Telephone
778-294-1514

Fax
778-294-1505

Email
smilesolutionsdental@gmail.com

Hours

Monday 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM

Tuesday 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Wednesday 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Thursday 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM

Friday 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Saturday 08:00 AM - 03:30 PM

Sunday Closed

Service Area

  • White Rock

  • South Surrey

Social

Google Reviews
Created by

Legal notice