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Oral Surgery / Wisdom Teeth

 

Almost any dentist in the world can extract a tooth. After all, the basic principle is pretty simple—apply enough pressure and enough force, and the tooth will come out. But what are the results afterwards?

With an unskilled or untrained surgeon, the results can be pretty messy. Excruciating pain, excessive swelling, bleeding, infections, fever, headache, sinus perforation, dry sockets, limited mouth opening, nausea, nerve damage, and even jaw fracture are some of the surgical risks. But a truly excellent surgeon can mitigate those risks, and a very skilled dental surgeon can keep the swelling and pain to the minimal.

Most of Dr. Suen’s surgery patients experience very little pain, and some have virtually no swelling. In fact, over 90% of the patients who come to his office to have their wisdom teeth removed are able to chew the next day, and some patients required no painkillers. You don’t have to take his word for it—you can see Before-and-After videos of these patients themselves at  video testimony. To show realistic results, Dr. Suen has provided videos of patients ranging from having no pain and no swelling to various degrees of complications (all complications were resolved shortly).

 

Mesiodent Extraction

Some people have an extra small tooth (mesiodent) located near the tongue side of the upper front teeth. Mesiodent can interfere with orthodontic treatment, growth and position of the upper front teeth and gum problem.  Mesiodent surgery should be done at an early age around 8-12 years old.

Root Tip Extraction

When the crown of the tooth decays away, the remaining root embedded in the bone often needs to be surgically removed before the patient experiences pain.

Wisdom Teeth / 3rd Molar Extraction

Retained wisdom teeth are often responsible for the loss numerous second molars.  It is recommended that the wisdom teeth are removed between the ages of 16 to 19.

Impacted Teeth Removal (Other Than Impacted Wisdom Teeth)

When a tooth doesn’t erupt into its normal position (called impacted teeth), it often stays at or below the gum line. Surgical removal of the impacted teeth will be beneficial to the patient.

Bone Graft After Tooth Extraction

Bone grafting is a procedure often done at the time of extraction to preserve bone thickness and the alveolar ridge architecture, which is critical for future implant placement.

Intentional Re-implantation

Sometimes conventional endodontics and retrograde endodontic micro-surgery are not options when the nerve of a root is infected and the patient experiences pain. Short of pulling the tooth and replacing it with an implant, the tooth can be saved by performing the Intentional Re-Implantation micro surgery. The infected tooth is extracted from the patient’s mouth, surgery is performed outside of the patient’s mouth, and the tooth is then re-implanted back into the patient’s mouth.

 

Sinus Lift Surgery

A sinus lift surgery adds bone graft to the upper jaw, which lifts the floor of the sinus higher. This procedure will help assure sufficient amount of bone for an implant placement

Alveolectomy

Alveolectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all sharp, pointy bone spicules on the top ridge of the gum. This process helps reduce pain for some denture wearer.

Hemisection

When a molar needs root canal but one root is unsalvageable, a hemisection can be done. Instead of removing the entire tooth, Dr Suen can cut off and extract the unsalvageable root and perform root canal on the remaining root.

Impacted Teeth Crown Exposure

When a tooth doesn’t erupt into its normal position (impaction), surgery is first performed to expose the tooth so an orthodontic bracket can be attached to the impacted tooth. Subsequently, the tooth is brought to its normal position via orthodontic treatment.

 

 

 

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