Here Are Some of the Conditions That Can Be Treated With Oral Surgery

Oral SurgeryWe use oral surgery to complete a variety of procedures.  Modern oral surgery is faster and safer than ever before. Now, you can undergo oral surgery without any lingering side effects and with a fast recovery time. Oral surgery can benefit your teeth and your gums, providing you with a better overall oral health so do not put off essential care when you need it. Below are a few of the conditions we frequently treat with oral surgery. For a full list, visit our office.

Dental Implants

Implants need to be placed surgically to ensure that your new tooth is as durable and stable as your natural one was. If you have missing teeth, dental implants are the most permanent and long-lasting replacement option you can receive. This is a fabricated tooth root structure surgically implanted into your jawbone. The implants are mostly made of is titanium, which can actually fuse with your jawbone to create a permanency similar to a natural tooth root, if not stronger. Once a dental implant becomes fully fused with your bone after oral surgery, a realistic, tooth-colored prosthetic tooth will be placed on the implant device to fill in the area where your tooth had been and to provide functionality for eating and speaking.

Removing Wisdom Teeth

Oral surgery is often performed when people need their wisdom teeth removed and they are impacted. Wisdom teeth are a set of molars, called third molars, that are normally the last to develop and the most unnecessary. Normally, developing wisdom teeth only cause more problems for patients because most jaws are not large enough to contain them, and other teeth become harmed or crowded due to the new growth.

When wisdom teeth begin to emerge, more often than not, they cause alignment issues or fail to erupt through the gums correctly. When this happens, wisdom teeth can become trapped between the jawbone and gum tissue, causing irritation and swelling. If wisdom teeth are left in this position, an infection can occur and can lead to tooth loss and permanent gum or jaw damage. Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common oral surgery procedures we and many other oral surgeons perform, with over five million people having wisdom teeth removed every year.

Treating Gum Disease

Gum disease is a serious condition that can lead to gum recession, bone and tooth loss.  There are several forms of oral surgery performed to treat periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, also known as severe gum disease, is infection and bacteria under your gum line. When periodontal disease is left untreated, it becomes worse and can kill off healthy gums and teeth. There are nonsurgical periodontal disease treatments that should be considered before oral surgery. If the need for oral surgery arises, we can perform soft tissue and bone grafts, flap surgery to reduce periodontal pockets, and even bone surgery to reshape damaged bone to reduce craters.

There are additional types of surgery, but these are three of the most common surgical treatments we perform. All of our surgeries include proper anesthetics to eliminate any form of discomfort and instructions to help you heal quickly and fully following your procedure.  For more information, call our office and schedule an examination.

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