When a tooth has extensive decay, is fractured beyond repair, had trauma to it, or is badly infected, we may suggest removing it and replacing it with a prosthetic tooth to maintain function. Wisdom teeth are also known as the third molars. They are the most common teeth extracted since they often come in crooked or there is not room for them.
Dr. Maria Bustamante at Seven Star Dental in Cincinnati does most extractions in her office. If a tooth is impacted, often called unerupted, it may require more of a surgical extraction. In some of those more involved cases, we would refer you to a local oral surgeon whom we work closely with.
Another area of oral surgery is dental implants. There are two parts to the dental implant process. The first is the surgical stage, where the implant fixture — which looks like a titanium screw — is placed into the bone for a few months. Then, it is uncovered and restored with a crown.