At Arrowsmith Dental Group in Parksville, our dentists perform a variety of oral surgery procedures to treat dental issues and preserve your oral health.
What is Oral Surgery?
Diseases, injuries and defects of the hard and soft tissues of the face, mouth, teeth and jaws need to be effectively diagnosed and treated to preserve oral health. This falls under oral surgery.
While we always prefer to use the least invasive treatment possible for any dental problem a patient may present, in some circumstances less invasive treatment options are not sufficient and oral surgery is needed.
A dental implant is a small titanium screw which functions similar to a natural tooth root. As part of the process to replace a missing tooth and restore your smile, our dentists place dental implants. Together with a tooth replacement such as a bridge or crown, an implant looks and feels like a natural tooth.
Dental implants pose no dietary limitations, and they can help patients with missing teeth to regain confidence. Long-lasting and effective replacements for missing teeth, dental implants may or may not be right for you. If you are missing teeth, talk to your dentist regarding tooth replacement options.
While we always endeavour to save a natural tooth, there are some cases where this proves impossible. If a tooth is too severely damaged due to gum disease, injury or decay, your dentist may need to remove it.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
This final set of molars emerges in the back corners of a normal adult mouth. Wisdom teeth can erupt and grow normally. However, if wisdom teeth cause problems for your oral hygiene, your dentist may recommend removing them to preserve your oral health.
During a bone graft, your dentist adds tissue to your jaw bone, strengthening it so it will be able to support a dental implant. After the bone heals (which typically takes several months), the dental implant surgery can be completed.
A sinus lift is a type of bone graft in which your dentist adds bone material to your upper back jaw to increase the amount of bone in the sinus area so a dental implant can then be placed. The implant will eventually fuse with the jaw bone.