If your dentist tells you that you will need oral surgery, your natural tendency is to get scared. This is because you imagine oral surgery to be a painful procedure that can be dangerous and expensive. Oral surgery is actually a common procedure and it can help treat impacted wisdom tooth, sleep apnea, and tooth loss. While every case is different, many of these procedures are completed on an outpatient basis, and patients can resume work or normal activities within a few days.
Some dentists can suggest seeing an oral surgeon to get the best possible dental care. If you don’t feel good about a dentist’s recommending you to an oral surgeon, you should feel free to ask your dentist the reason for the recommendation so that he can provide the reason for such.
There are many procedures that oral surgeons can perform. The most common types of oral surgery are given below.
There are many people who have no problem with their wisdom teeth, but for some these third molars can become compacted or trapped because they have not fully erupted or they are misaligned. This impacted wisdom tooth can become very painful over time and the result will be a misalignment of the other teeth. It is possible for food to become trapped in the wisdom tooth and so will lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Some dentists can remove a wisdom tooth, but specialist care from an oral surgeon is required if the wisdom tooth is impacted.
Treatment is required for people who have a serious sleep disorder called sleep apnea. You can actually treat this disorder by using a mouthguard or a special machine that keeps the airway open at night, surgery is an option for some people. IN surgery, the oral surgeon removes excess tissue from the back of your throat to clear the airway and lessen the symptoms.
A maxillofacial surgeon can diagnose problems with the alignment of the jaws and injuries that may require surgical intervention. With reconstructive and jaw surgery, the appearance of the patient can improve, pain is relieved, and the patient is enabled to chew food normally again.
Dental implants are ideal for patients that have tooth loss. A dental implant procedure includes placing small posts in the patient’s tooth sockets and allowed to heal. ARtifical teeth are then screwed to the posts which make it look and feel like natural teeth.
If you are experiencing problems with your teeth, jaw, or gums, you should book an appointment with your dentist to find out if you need oral surgery.