services Oral Surgery
Dental care the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of conditions, disorders and diseases affecting the, teeth, gums, tongue, lips and jaws. The professional practitioners of dentistry are commonly referred to as dentists. General dentists provide services related to the general maintenance of oral hygiene and oral health. Prevention plays an important role in dentistry and this is why it is important to have regular dental check ups - at least once every six months. Regular checkups and oral health maintenance prevent the development of serious dental problems that can require costly treatment. If you remain vigilant and visit your dentist regularly, you can enjoy exceptional dental health. Smile Makeover
Oral Surgery Wisdom teeth can be left in the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned in the mouth. Extraction of third molars is generally recommended when:
  • Wisdom teeth erupt only partially.
  • Poorly aligned wisdom teeth will damage the adjacent teeth.
  • A cyst (fluid-filled sac) forms, destroying the surrounding structures such as bone tooth roots.
  • The mouth is too small for these teeth to erupt in a proper position b ehind the second molar. This is also referred to as Partial Bony Impaction. The most common complication of the partial bony impaction, is that the flap of gum tissue which partially covers the erupting third molar, creates a pocket where bacteria that are present in the mouth can grow and cause an infection known as pericoronitis which can lead to swelling and pain. The treatment for pericoronitis is extraction of the third molar tooth.
A Healthy Mouth
  • The inside of a healthy mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer.
The following can be signs which signal the beginning of an oral pathology:
  • Reddish patches (erythroplasia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
  • A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
  • A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck. Pain is not always an associated symptom. At North Carolina Dental Practice all patients are examined for any oral pathology signs in their mouths. Timely diagnosis can limit the spread of theses conditions... If you feel that you or someone you know have any of the symptoms that have been discussed or if you have any questions and / or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office so we can put you in touch with our specialists who can address your concerns.