We all know people who have had their wisdom teeth removed. These third-molar teeth, located in the back of the mouth, typically begin to surface in early adulthood. At this stage, the majority of available space in the mouth is already occupied by other teeth, leaving little room for wisdom teeth to grow. Wisdom teeth are particularly vulnerable to cavities due to their inaccessibility. For these and many other reasons, dentists often recommend their extraction. Thanks to evolving surgical techniques, patients can now undergo this surgery with less pain, and benefit from quicker recovery periods. Read more details abour extraction of wisdom teeth on the Ordre des dentistes du Québec website or on our blog.
Learn more about Implantology, a treatment complimentary to dental surgery.
When gum tissue becomes too thin, a surgical procedure known as gum graft, or gingival graft, may be required. Thinning gums can be caused by many factors, including infection of the mouth due to dental plaque, frequent friction of teeth, gum diseases like periodontitis and gingivitis, horizontal tooth-brushing techniques or clenching and grinding teeth. In some cases, the patient suffers from a natural predisposition to thinner gum tissue.
For this surgery, only local anesthesia is required. Recovery is typically very quick. The Ordre des dentistes du Québec website’s offers complementary information on gum grafts. We also invite you to read our blog post about how to prepare for a gum graft.