Oral surgery is any surgical procedure involving your teeth, gums, jaws, and oral structures. Your doctor will recommend oral surgery if other treatments are ineffective or cannot correct your disorder. Oral surgery can be performed by maxillofacial surgeons or periodontists. Your SPA Dental Group specialist can recommend oral surgery to treat severe tooth decay, gum infections, jaw bone loss, temporomandibular jaw disorders, or impacted teeth. Oral surgeries involve anesthetics to ensure patients are comfortable during the procedures. There are several types of oral surgeries and below are some.
Dental implant installation
Dental implants replace lost teeth, which require oral surgery. Dental implant installation involves surgically inserting these rods into your jaw. There are numerous dental implants, but dentists use the ones made of titanium due to their rigidity and long durability. Dentists can attach crowns to implants, but this depends on the type of implant used and the health of your jaw. Your doctor can recommend you wait several months for your bone tissue to fuse with the implant before placing a crown.
You may require tooth extractions if you have severe tooth decay, infection or injury, or wisdom teeth issues. Sometimes a simple extraction may not be effective, leading to a surgical extraction. Surgical tooth extraction is where your periodontist cuts into your gums to eliminate the damaged tooth successfully. Your specialist can administer local anesthesia to make you comfortable during the procedure.
Bone grafting is necessary when a patient lacks enough jaw bone tissue to support an implant or artificial tooth. Taking a long period to replace missing teeth or certain dental disorders can deteriorate jaw bones. Bone grafting can also be necessary during periodontal surgery. Periodontists mostly do bone grafting during dental implant installation if you lack enough bone tissue to support the prosthetic.
Your dentist can recommend periodontal surgery if you have a severe gum infection. Periodontal surgery involves your specialist making cuts along your gum line and temporarily placing the tissue away from the teeth. The specialist cleans your teeth roots by flushing all plaque and tartar accumulating under your gums. After thoroughly cleaning, your specialist positions and sutures your gum tissue back in place.
Corrective jaw surgery
Corrective jaw surgery treats skeletal disorders of your jaw bone. Your periodontist can recommend this treatment to boost chewing, correct jawbone misalignment, or amend facial imbalances. If your temporomandibular joint becomes irritated or injured, leading to pain, corrective jaw surgery can help relieve the discomfort.
Repairing cleft lip and palate
When your kid is born with an opening on the upper lip, it is called a cleft lip, and a cleft palate is a space on the mouth roof. Some kids are born with both conditions. If the facial structures of your baby do not develop fully in the womb, the kid will have a cleft lip and palate. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons repair cleft lip or palate to improve eating ability and help your kid gain correct speech patterns in the future.
Oral surgeries are surgical procedures dentists use to correct oral disorders. Dental implant installation, tooth extraction, periodontal surgery, and corrective jaw surgery are common oral surgeries. Schedule an appointment at SPA Dental Group for oral surgery to improve your dental function.