When teeth become damaged by decay or break down due to trauma or wear, they can typically be restored with a filling, root canal or crown. When the damage is too great, your dentist may decide that the best course of action is to have the tooth removed.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth, or technically, third molars, are the last teeth to develop and appear in your mouth. They are behind the upper and lower second molars, “12-year molars.”
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Exposure and Bracketing of Impacted Teeth
An impacted tooth simply means that it is “stuck” and cannot erupt into function. The maxillary (upper jaw) canine is the second most common tooth to become impacted (after the wisdom teeth.)
Many people who have lost teeth in their upper jaw—particularly the back teeth, or molars—have a very thin upper jaw. This can be due to age, congenital formation, or the length of time the teeth have been missing.
Bone deterioration, also known as bone resorption, is a common and natural occurrence in the jaw bone if a tooth or multiple teeth have been lost or have caused inflammation.
Jaw Surgery (Orthognathic)
Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is a procedure performed for patients whose jaws do not meet correctly, which creates an improper bite and misalignment of the jaws.
We use our mouths for so many tasks, such as eating, speaking, and breathing; consequently, our mouths have an increased risk for disorders and infections known as oral pathology.