One of the most common oral surgical procedures carried out is wisdom tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, normally erupt into the mouth between the ages of 17 and 25. Unfortunately, wisdom teeth can become impacted either due to lack of space or because the developing wisdom tooth lies in an abnormal position stopping normal eruption.
Jaw tumours and cysts are relatively rare problems that develop in the jawbone or the soft tissues in the mouth and face. These growths are usually non-cancerous (benign), but they can be aggressive and invade the surrounding bone and tissue and may displace teeth, hence need surgical removal. However, cancer of the mouth represents about 4% of all cancers. During check-ups, your dentist will examine all your mouth to make sure that you do not have any cancerous or pre-cancerous lesions.
Conventional bridges or dentures need not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For many people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums, dental implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges, or the complete dentition through fixed or removable bridges (so called over-dentures).