Minor oral surgery procedures

The two most common types of oral surgery carried out at John B Woods
are apicoectomy (root-end surgery) and impacted wisdom tooth removal.

Although, with the majority of patients, these and similar procedures are seldom necessary, we are able to offer expert advice and treatment when necessary.

Apicoectomy (root-end surgery)

Infections of the root of a tooth can often be treated successfully with root canal treatment. Occasionally however, this my not be enough and it may be necessary to perform root-end surgery.

Apicoectomy is a dental surgical procedure whereby a tooth's root tip is removed and the root end cavity is prepared and filled with a biocompatible material.

To get perfection, surgery is performed using a microscope and hence is also called endodontic microsurgery.

Impacted wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth are the large third molars that usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25 years. Most people have four wisdom teeth, two upper and two lower, but it is possible for a person to have fewer or more in some cases.

It is believed that they are called wisdom teeth because they appear much later in life than your other teeth, when you are older and therefore wiser than when you were a child.

Wisdom teeth growth can often be problematic, usually when they become impacted or "grow-in sideways". When this occurs it can be difficult to fully clean around the tooth with normal brushing and infection can result. Impacted wisdom teeth can be very painful and it is usual for problem teeth like this to be extracted.

Minor dental surgery is usually required to successfully extract an impacted wisdom tooth due to its position in the jaw and its long and sometimes angular roots.