Our highly skilled and experienced dentists Dr. Kevin Clark and Dr. Rebecca Zabek-Clark are able to perform various types of oral surgery at Niagara-on-the-Lake Dental. These include general teeth extractions, selective wisdom teeth extractions and dental implant placement.
Complete Care Under One Roof
Because our dentists have completed additional training in specific oral surgeries, we can offer this comprehensive service in our family practice. Our patients can bypass the need to visit a specialty clinic for outpatient surgery.
Why Do Certain Teeth Need to Be Removed?
There are several reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted. Typically a tooth requires removal due to breakage or severe tooth decay; here are some other reasons:● Having extra teeth that are blocking the emergence of additional teeth● Having teeth which are in the way of dental surgery or preventing effective alignment● Having severe gum infection which is affecting the integrity of underlying supportive bone structures
Simple extractions are performed on visible teeth, meaning they have broken free of the gum. Usually, simple extractions involve the use of a local anesthetic, and when it is properly placed the procedure is pain-free. After your dentist has “frozen” the area that is being worked on, the tooth to be removed is gently elevated and then extracted with dental forceps. After sliding the tooth free, a cotton swab is then set in place to promote clotting. The procedure is then complete.
Wisdom teeth often require surgical extraction because there is not enough room for them to emerge from the bone or gums. Such extractions involve an incision and the use of conscious sedation via oral medication. Once the tooth has been removed the incision is closed and quickly begins to heal. Swelling may occur, and it may be necessary to take pain medication following the procedure. Please note that we are selective about the wisdom teeth extractions we do at the practice, and refer many cases to specialists.
If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants can help to make over your smile. Implants are composed of a titanium screw and a post that is covered with a crown, bridge or denture. We set the implant into the jawbone where it replaces the tooth root. After several months, the implant attaches to the bone, so it now looks and functions like a natural tooth.