We are proud to offer comprehensive dentistry services for our Montgomery County, PA patients at Dental Innovations. That includes oral surgery services like treatment for impacted canines, facial trauma, and oral pathology. We have a team of dental experts in our comfortable, state-of-the-art practice that make it possible for us to offer the most advanced services safely and effectively in one convenient location with a team you’re familiar with. Contact us to find out more or schedule an appointment.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Third molars are commonly referred to as wisdom teeth due to their eruption in the late teens and early twenties. This age was referred to as the age of wisdom by some, and the nickname stuck. Our ancient human ancestors consumed foods that were coarse, and this often lead to tooth loss at young ages. For these people, a third set of molars was essential to oral health. With today’s advanced oral hygiene practices, most patients do not have adequate space in the jawbone to accommodate this final set of teeth. Because of this lack of space, wisdom teeth are often unable to erupt from the gum line. Instead, they are trapped below the soft tissue, and depending on the size and position of the third molars, they may cause other teeth to shift out of alignment. If this is the case, we will recommend patients have wisdom teeth surgically extracted to prevent overall oral health concerns.
Canines are the sharp, pointed teeth that are used to bite and tear foods. They are also the second most impacted teeth to wisdom teeth. The treatment for impacted, unable to erupt from the gum line, canine teeth is a two phase process. The first step is to make space for the canines to erupt. Then, we carefully cut away gum tissue to expose the canines, and place brackets to keep the incision open allowing the tooth to emerge.
Following a sports, car, or other type of accident that results in facial trauma, patients may need to undergo surgical treatment to restore their optimal oral health. There are a number of injuries that may require surgical intervention following facial trauma including:
- Face, lip, or soft tissue lacerations
- Avulsed (knocked out), broken, or fractured teeth
- Avulsed (knocked out), broken, or fractures restorations
- Fractured facial bones (forehead, eye sockets, nose, cheekbones, upper and lower jaw)
Patients who show signs of oral cancer including discolored tissue, flat spots, or sores that don’t heal may need to undergo a biopsy in order to determine the type of cancer present. Our oral pathologists will take a small tissue sample that is then sent to a lab to be processed. If we find cancerous cells, we work with patients to develop a treatment plan to restore oral and overall health in conjunction with medical practitioners.