There are countless conditions that may require a patient to have oral surgery, some of which include impacted teeth, tooth loss and jaw-related problems such as unequal jaw growth, and poorly fitted dentures. Each of the conditions listed require a detailed procedure and phenomenal patient care to correct, both of which we provide at Wilmington Oral Surgery.
Third molars or most commonly known as wisdom teeth, usually are the last teeth to form in the human mouth. Sometimes when wisdom teeth surface above the gum line the jaw is large enough to allow extra space for them to develop, however, most of the time that is not the case. Oftentimes, one or more of the third molars fail to fully and properly emerge through the gum line, becoming impacted between the gum tissue and jawbone.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling and infection of the gum tissue that is nearby. Additionally, impacted wisdom teeth can cause permanent damage to neighboring gums, teeth and bone, which sometimes leads to the development of tumors or cysts that can destroy different segments of the jaw. So, for patients who have impacted wisdom teeth we recommend having them surgically removed.
Wisdom teeth are not the only molars that are capable of becoming impacted. Other teeth, such as the cuspids and the bicuspids can also become impacted, which causes the same kinds of problems as an impacted wisdom tooth.
One of the options for tooth loss due to an infection or accident or as a substitute for dentures is dental implants. Implants are tooth root substitutes that are fused to the jawbone. Dr. Hasson will evaluate the condition of each individual prior to recommending implants.
Some individuals’ upper and lower jaws fail to grow properly. This can potentially cause difficulty in eating, speaking, breathing and swallowing. While some of these problems can be corrected with orthodontic appliances such as braces, more serious problems require oral surgery to move part or all of the lower jaw, upper jaw or both into a new position that is more functional, balanced and healthy.
First-time denture wearers can have oral surgery to correct irregularities of the jaws before creating the dentures to ensure a more comfortable, better fit. Oral surgery can help long-term denture wearers, as well. Supporting bone oftentimes deteriorates as time passes, resulting in dentures that no longer fit the way that they should. An oral surgeon can add a bone graft to areas where there is little left, in more severe cases.
Wilmington Oral Surgery Offers Excellent Patient Care
At Wilmington Oral Surgery Dr. Hasson meets with each of his patients one-on-one to talk about pre and post-op care. He spends quality time talking with each patient individually to ensure that they are receiving the best care and advice possible. In addition to genuinely caring about each patient, Dr. Hasson’s office is decorated in a way so that patients feel comfortable and relaxed during their appointment.