SMILE REHABILITATION THROUGH ORAL SURGERY
While routine dental treatment and maintenance are vital to keeping up with good oral health, there may come a time when you need more extensive treatment, such as oral surgery. Depending on the nature of your oral health concerns, oral surgery may take on one of many forms, from extracting stubbornly impacted teeth to replacing lost teeth with incredibly lifelike dental implants.
How Do You Know if You Need Oral Surgery?
Is your wisdom tooth impacted?
When a tooth needs extraction, it is often because the tooth has become too damaged or infected to be saved, and poses a threat to the teeth and oral structures around it. In the case of impacted wisdom teeth, your third molar may not be damaged or infected, but when its growth is impeded by another tooth, it can lead to severe discomfort and continuing dental damage. Because impaction can be complicated, oral surgery is often needed to extract the wisdom tooth, alleviate the discomfort, and restore your smile’s good health.
Do you need to replace one or more lost teeth?
Besides extracting complicated teeth, oral surgery can also be recommended when you need to replace one or more lost teeth. Dental implants, which are small root-like posts that are inserted into the jawbone, act as supportive anchors for your replacement crown, partial denture, or complete denture. Since they must be carefully and strategically placed into the jawbone, an oral surgeon may be the best and safest option for placing your dental implant posts.
Do you suffer from serious TMJ issues?
TMJ disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder, describes a dysfunction in your jaw’s joints, which can be caused by a wide variety of contributing factors. Because your TMJs control your jaw’s movement, TMJ disorder can make biting and chewing difficult and uncomfortable. In severe cases, oral surgery may be necessary to correct a jaw or bite imbalance and allow your TMJs to heal properly.