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Everyday Oral Surgery Procedures
Oral surgery is sometimes the best way to restore oral health, function and appearance. The procedure can be minor (easy and straightforward) or major (comprehensive), depending on the patient’s condition. This article covers routine oral surgery procedures; what follows is information about routine oral surgery treatments performed by the dentist.
Oral surgery procedures
Wisdom teeth removal
This is the most common dental surgery. The wisdom teeth or final molars are the last set of teeth to emerge in the mouth. Since most people do not have enough space on the jaw to accommodate extra teeth in the back, wisdom teeth may erupt with different problems or not erupt at all (impaction). The dentist will perform oral surgery to remove these teeth.
X-rays may be taken to check the placement of wisdom teeth. The recent advancements in dentistry have made tooth extraction far less complicated than before. Healing and recovery are faster as well.
If a permanent tooth is lost, the body will not replace it. The only alternative is to get an artificial dental restoration. Dental implants are natural-looking and function just like regular teeth. During implant surgery, the dentist will place titanium metal post inside the jawbone to replace lost tooth roots. A dental crown or denture can be fixed over the implants, depending on the number of lost teeth.
Dental implants are a life changer. Patients can smile confidently and chew normally without worrying about dental restoration.
In cases of dental trauma, or if a missing tooth goes unreplaced for too long, the jawbone in the area may weaken and experience resorption. This may compromise the bone’s ability to support a dental implant, and the face may appear saggy or sunken. Fortunately, the dentist can correct issues of low bone quality or volume. The procedure involves the transfer of bone material (usually from another part of the patient’s body) to the jawbone to augment and strengthen the affected area.
Corrective jaw surgery
A jaw problem can cause many oral issues. It may not be immediately obvious, but a misaligned or problematic jaw can make routine activities like speaking, breathing and eating harder than usual. A dental professional will be able to tell if they can improve a patient’s condition through corrective jaw surgery.
Treatment for a mouth and facial trauma
A person might experience trauma to the face following a bad fall, car accident or mishap. The situation is dangerous and needs immediate dental attention. Broken bones, broken teeth and lacerations are common. A dentist can perform oral surgeries to correct the damage that results from traumatic injuries.
A patient will undergo a comprehensive examination so the dentist can determine the nature and severity of the wounds. Afterward, they will discuss treatment options to restore oral health, function and appearance.
Regardless of what your needs are, talking to the general dentist is always a good place to start. They will address your concerns and make appropriate recommendations to keep your oral cavity healthy and in good condition.
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