The words “oral surgery” may sound very alarming if your dentist suggests that is the treatment you need. You may not realize that oral surgical procedures range from simple procedures up to major surgery. There is no reason to panic until you learn exactly what your dental problem is, and what oral surgery might mean in your particular case. There are some very common problems that may require surgery as the ideal treatment.
Teeth don’t always fall out on their own; sometimes they need some professional assistance. Some reasons that your dentist might suggest you need a tooth surgically removed include:
- Severe tooth decay
- Advanced gum disease
- Tooth and root fracture
- Impacted teeth
- Orthodontic treatment
There are also a number of jaw problems that your dentist may recommend surgery to repair:
- Facial trauma
- Cleft palate or cleft lip
- Lesion removal or biopsy
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
- Various problems with eating, chewing, or talking
- Sleep apnea complications
An increasingly common reason for oral surgery is the placement of dental implants. If you have lost one or more teeth, dental implants can be surgically inserted into your jawbone to provide a titanium root to support an artificial tooth. This is a fantastic solution to permanently and securely restore your mouth’s appearance and function.