Oral Surgery – The Most Common Types and What You Can Expect

Oral surgery might prove necessary as the result of many different oral conditions. There is a wide array of different types of oral surgery that deal with the many various components of the human oral cavity and even the jaw structure itself. If a patient needs oral surgery, he/she will visit an oral surgeon in order to review options, procedure and recovery basics. Some of the most common types of oral surgery are those surgeries that are intended to remove impacted teeth, the extraction of teeth, surgeries that are related to jaw issues, and root canals.

Why Undergo Oral Surgery

No one delights in the idea of having to undergo oral surgery, but for some it is an unfortunate reality that cannot be avoided. For some, undergoing recommended oral surgery operations will help to avoid further complications in the long run and for others oral surgery is used for cosmetic benefits.

Regardless of the reasoning behind oral surgery, being informed and prepared for an oral surgery will help you to build confidence about the procedure that will ultimately make the experience less traumatic. Read on for a brief review of some of the most common types of oral surgery with a quick briefing on what you can expect from each.

Common Types of Oral Surgery

If you have gum or tooth pain, it is imperative that you visit Progressive Dental Care Center in order to diagnose the cause of the pain. Leaving an oral problem unattended can cause big problems for the patient. Not only may it eventually lead to tooth loss, but it could also result in bone loss. For this reason, it is important to get dental problems checked out as soon as possible in an effort to engage in the most effective and preventative treatment method available. Here are some of the most common types of oral surgeries that are used to remedy dental issues.

  • Dental implants – Dental implants are a very common type of oral surgery that are done in order to replace a missing tooth or to add stability to dentures. Most patients who must have a tooth extracted will receive a dental implant to replace the removed tooth. A dental implant consists of a surgically implanted metal post that is inserted into the jawbone. This is done because the natural fusing of bone to metal offers an excellent source of durability for the patient. This foundation allows for the most realistic-looking and functioning restorative tooth replacement option to be placed. Dental implants are a long-term solution for patients who have experienced tooth loss.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth – Impacted wisdom teeth are the result of there not being enough room in the patient’s mouth for the teeth to erupt through the gum. An impacted wisdom tooth is essentially a tooth that is entrapped with no way to come out. The result can be very painful and uncomfortable for the patient. When a third molar (or wisdom tooth) does not have room in the mouth and becomes impacted, removal is necessary in order to prevent a slew of additional problems for the patient.
  • Jaw surgery – Jaw surgery might be necessary for a variety of different reasons – injury or disease, for example. Jaw surgery might be necessary to position part of or all of the jaw – upper or lower – in order to make it more functional. The unusual growth of the jaw could lead to many other health concerns such as problems swallowing, eating and even breathing. Jaw surgery is also sometimes used to fix TMJ disorder caused by joint problems. Since this disorder causes the patient much pain and discomfort, it is often recommended for relief.
  • Tooth extraction – Tooth extraction is the most common type of practiced oral surgery. Obviously, not all tooth problems require extraction, and even most that do – i.e. teeth that are infected – can sometimes be treated with root canal or other tooth restoration methods. Root canal is a procedure that is used to remove the infected area of a tooth and nerve that might be decayed, in an effort to save the tooth itself.
  • Biopsy – If your Progressive Dental Care Center dentists suspect oral cancer, he/she will recommend a biopsy. This procedure requires the removal of a small sample of oral tissue.
  • Sleep apnea – If sleep apnea is caused by oropharynx, or jaw problems, surgical treatment will be recommended. The procedure itself will require the removal of soft tissue at the back of the mouth and/or the lower jaw.
  • Facial injury – A facial injury that results in a fractured jaw or facial bone will likely need to be repaired through operation by an oral surgeon.
  • Cleft palate repair – A cleft palate is the improper development of the lip in the early stages of fetal development. When the mouth and nasal cavity fail to grow at once the result is a cleft palate. Oral surgery is used to fix such a deformity.

Oral Surgery Can Help

 If your dentist recommends oral surgery, for whatever reason, you should know and understand that oral surgery is safe and effective at treating a wide variety of dental problems. If your dentist did not believe that the benefits outweigh the risks then he/she would not have recommended oral surgery. Oral surgery offers relief to patients who are suffering from discomfort and pain that can be caused by many different dental issues.

If you have questions regarding a need for oral surgery or the types of offered oral surgery procedures, then call Progressive Dental Care Center today.

 

 

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