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Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery, Sandbach, Cheshire

James Stafford has received referrals from other dentists for oral surgery procedures in Sandbach for almost ten years, and has performed thousands of treatments which are generally beyond the scope of general dentistry.

These include;

  • The removal of impacted or unimpacted wisdom teeth
  • The removal of difficult or broken down teeth
  • The removal of retained tooth roots
  • Surgical endodontics (a.k.a. peri-apical surgery or apicectomy)

Occasionally people who need these treatments may feel anxious about having them done, and James is also very experienced with using (where appropriate) sedation to make the process much easier.

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Wisdom Teeth

Also known as third molars, wisdom teeth grow much later that other adult teeth and there is often not enough space remaining for them to come through in the right position. As a result they can get stuck when partly through the gum or grow at an unusual angle. When this happens, they are called impacted.

Whilst wisdom teeth don’t always need to be removed, they can cause problems such as infection and pain or decay where they lean against the tooth next to it. It is common for people in their late teen years or twenties to seek treatment for this, and removal of the wisdom tooth is often the only solution to the problems they cause.

Wisdom Teeth

Surgical Endodontics/Apicectomy

Sometimes a tooth may have an infection (or abscess) which cannot be treated by conventional methods such as a root canal treatment. Reasons for this may include;

  • Failure to respond to previous attempts at root canal treatment
  • The presence of a post-crown meaning root canal treatment cannot be attempted
  • Significantly curved roots


In this situation the options available are often to do nothing, to remove the tooth, or perform an apicectomy.

The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthetic and involves lifting the gum over the tooth to gain access to the infected root tip. The root is cleaned and a small filling in placed in the tip to prevent any further infection. Sutures are then placed to secure the gum back into its correct position.

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