When a patient experiences impacted teeth, tooth loss, or jaw-related problems, Dr. Dennis Burrell may recommend oral surgery in University Place, Washington.

In most cases, wisdom teeth do not grow in correctly and become impacted. Impacted teeth occur when there is not enough room in the mouth for a tooth. The tooth often cannot break through the gums completely and becomes trapped between the jawbone and the gum tissues. This can result in swelling, pain, and infection. This can also cause damage to the nearby teeth, gums, and bone. If this occurs, our dentist will remove the tooth surgically.

When a patient has lost a permanent tooth, our dentist may place a dental implant. The implant is made of a titanium post and a restoration. The implant post acts as replacement tooth roots and is surgically placed in the jawbone. After the jawbone heals, this implant post acts as an anchor for a dental crown, bridge, or denture.

Some patients have unequal jaw growth. The upper or lower jaw failed to grow in properly. This can cause difficulties with speaking, eating, and breathing. Serious problems of this nature require oral surgery to move parts of the jaw into a different position for a more balanced result.

We encourage you to contact Dr. Dennis Burrell and Associates, PC today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.