Oral surgery refers to a surgical procedure performed in your jaw, gums, teeth, or other oral structures around your mouth. This includes implants, tooth extraction, jaw surgeries, and gum grafts. Oral surgery is normally performed by a periodontist or oral surgeon who has specialized in oral surgery procedures. At times you may experience some dental problems and may require some oral surgery procedures to rectify them. At Widner Elite Oral Surgery and Dental Implants we will help to keep your teeth in good health and avoid expensive and painful procedures.
Why is Oral Surgery Performed?
There are a number of reasons why you could need oral surgery. The dentist can recommend you have oral surgery if you have gum disease, badly broken teeth, extensive tooth decay, sleep apnea, bone loss in your jaw, missing teeth, impacted teeth, or benign oral pathology.
Common Oral Surgery Procedures
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Your wisdom teeth are additional molars that appear at the age of 17 to 25 years. These molars will usually give you more chewing power. However, these teeth sometimes emerge improperly and can do more harm than good if they lack space for them to grow. Therefore, to avoid jaw pain or decay that they induce, you may require oral surgery for wisdom teeth extraction. To ensure you have quick healing, the dentist will advise you about oral hygiene and safe practices.
If you have lost your tooth, then you may opt to replace it with a dental implant where you need to have an oral surgeon install a dental implant into the jaw. It involves a titanium screw anchored into your jawbone where your previous tooth was. After you have an implant, you need to let your jaw fuse together for about four to six months, and then you will have a crown affixed to the implant. Dental implants dramatically improve the patient's life and will feel, look, and function like your natural teeth.
Each and every year, many people have tooth extractions for various reasons. Normally, decay or wear-and-tear causes a tooth to get infected or break, and those teeth require extraction by a skilled oral surgeon. During a tooth extraction, you will get a numbing agent that assists to make the procedure painless. The dentist will extract your tooth, clean up the cavity in the jaw that was occupied by the tooth and place a suture to help heal the wound. If you are anxious during dental visits, our dentist uses dental sedation to reduce patient fear and agitation when undergoing dental procedures.
If you had a tooth extraction and ignored the missing tooth for a long period of time, the jawbone that is under the empty spot will be reabsorbed or weakened over time. If this happens, these bones will be too weak to support a dental implant. However, oral surgeons are able to fix this problem by using a patient’s own bone from one section to support another. This helps to strengthen the target spot for the patient to receive the implant.
Whatever your oral needs, are the leading experts in oral surgery. To speak to our specialists, call us today to schedule an appointment.