What is Oral Surgery and When Is It Required?

Dentist Performing Oral Surgery

Dentist Performing Oral SurgerySome people think that “oral surgery” is a procedure that requires them to be in a hospital and be absent from work for several days. The truth is that most of the common procedures performed by the dentist or oral surgeon at the dental practice.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates explains some of the oral surgeries that you may choose from if you are dealing with mouth problems.

Tooth Extraction

This is perhaps the most common form of oral surgery. You may need to undergo this procedure if your teeth are beyond repair due to decay, root fracture, or severe trauma. In addition, tooth extraction may also be necessary if you have impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth.

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery or orthognathic surgery is a procedure performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. This is a common treatment or solution to temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ) and dysfunction due to trauma or deformation. A dentist will also recommend corrective jaw surgery when there is clenching or grinding of the teeth that led to excessive tooth wear.

Dental Implants

Dental implants aim to replace missing teeth or make a new or existing denture stable. The placement of the implant may vary depending on the technique used by the dentist or surgeon and the type of implant used. For some people who had undergone the procedure, recovery is similar to tooth extraction.

Oral Cancer

Dentists are able to tell whether you are suffering from oral cancer since its symptoms are usually undetected. If they find something suspicious in your mouth, neck, face, or jaw, they may recommend biopsy for further diagnosis. While you may be referred to an oral surgeon, a general dentist will suffice during your initial consultation. Often, treatment for oral cancer is combined with radiation therapy.

For some people, the teeth are their crowning glory. A set of beautiful teeth allows them to show off their best smile. If you’re suffering from oral problems or you think there is a much bigger issue with your mouth, visit your dentist or dental surgeon right away for proper diagnosis and treatment.