Dentoalveolar Surgery

alveolarThis type of surgery encompasses a variety of problems with the teeth, gum, jawbone and other bony or soft tissues of the mouth. The alveolar bone surrounds and supports the teeth.

If the procedure is a simple one, a local anaesthetic or continuous sedation may be recommended to patients. For others, a general anaesthetic may be considered more appropriate. Surgery may be recommended for the following:

  • Extraction of teeth or retained root(s)
  • Exposure of a tooth
  • Excision of cyst / lesion / tissue
  • Excision of bony growths to aid in the placement of partial or complete dentures
  • Frenectomy — Removal of the labial frenum (tissue above the central incisors)
  • Apicectomy — Removal of the tip of a tooth root due to infection (done in conjunction with root
    canal therapy provided by general dental practitioner)
  • Biopsy – removal of abnormal tissue which is then sent for diagnosis
  •  Closure of oroantral communication


Wisdom Teeth (Third Molars)wis_imp

Dentoalveolar surgery also encompasses treatment of problems associated with Wisdom Teeth. Wisdom teeth (also called third molars) usually do not push through the gums until people are in their late teens or even older and are usually the last teeth to come through the gums. Most people have four wisdom teeth while others have none at all. Third molars may need removal due to:


Infection and inflammation may cause pain, swelling and jaw stiffness. Swallowing may be painful. Bad breath and an unpleasant taste may be the result of infection.

Pain and/or Damage to adjacent teeth

When the wisdom tooth presses against the adjacent tooth, pain may be experienced and the formation of an erosion cavity may occur.

Dental crowding

Wisdom teeth may push nearby teeth out of their correct position causing crowding. Orthodontists will usually recommend removal of these teeth to prevent tooth movement that may alter orthodontic alignment.


Cysts may form around the tooth root, which can destroy bone and damage other teeth and gums.

Food Trap

Dental cavities may result from food being trapped between the wisdom teeth and adjacent teeth.


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