If your dentist tells you that you will need oral surgery, your natural tendency is to get scared. The idea that people have of oral surgery is a dangerous and painful procedure that will cost much. The reality is that oral surgery is just another dental procedure that treats common oral problems like an impacted wisdom tooth, sleep apnea, or 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.
There are cases when your dentist will ask you to see an oral surgeon so that you can have the best possible dental care. The best thing for you to do if you feel apprehensive about your dentist’s recommendation for an oral surgeon is to talk to your dentist so that he can provide you with good reasons for his recommendation.
There are many procedures that oral surgeons can perform. Below you will find the most common types of oral surgery.
While most people have no problems with their wisdom teeth, there are those whose wisdom teeth have not fully erupted or are misaligned and so it has become impacted or trapped. If you wisdom tooth is impacted then it becomes very painful over time and some of your other teeth can get misaligned. When you eat food, it can get trapped around your impacted wisdom tooth which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Although there are general dentists that can remove a wisdom tooth, if it is impacted then it requires the care of an oral surgeon.
A serious sleep disorder that requires treatment is 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. The goal of oral surgery is to clear the airway and lessen the symptoms significantly by removing excess tissue from the back of your throat.
Problems with jaw alignment and injuries that require surgery can be diagnosed by a maxillofacial surgeon. 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. If you undergo dental implant procedures, the first thing that needs to be done is to place small posts in the socket of your tooth and allowed to heal. Then, artificial teeth are screwed on the posts which result in permanent replacement that 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.