Wisdom teeth (third molars) are the last set of teeth to develop. If there is not enough space for the wisdom teeth to fully erupt or they fail to emerge in proper alignment and become impacted , a number of problems can happen. Some of the possible problems related to impacted wisdom teeth include infection, permanent damage to adjacent teeth, cyst formation, possible crowding (most noticeable with the front teeth).
Wisdom teeth removal is virtually pain free and may take about 30-60 minutes. You will be provided with appropriate anaesthesia options to maximize your comfort. State of the art sterilization and infection control are used at all times.
Retained roots refer to the partial root structure that remains within the jawbone and gums following the extraction or fracture of a tooth, causing problems such as mouth infections and pain. If this the case the roots need to be surgically removed- the complexity of the procedure depends on the nature of the problem. Usually it involves a relatively simple extraction under local anaesthetics, some retained roots involve a more lengthy procedure and you may be given sedation to help you relax.
One of the most common conditions related to the gum tissues that may affect successful orthodontist treatment is a space created by a thick band of tissue lying between the upper front teeth known as the frenum. The procedure used to remove this tissue is known as a frenectomy.
When the frenum extends between the front teeth and appears to push them apart creating a space, not only can this tissue prevent the front teeth from coming into the mouth next to each other, it can also push them apart after orthodontic treatment.
When a tooth cannot be successfully treated with conventional endodontic (root canal) treatment, an apicoectomy may be recommended. It is a minor surgical procedure in which the infection around the root is cleaned away and the very tip of the tooth’s root is removed.