If you have problems with your teeth and your dentist advises you to have oral surgery, then your immediate reaction would be one of fear. A lot of people imagine that oral surgery is a procedure that is dangerous, painful, and expensive. Oral surgery is actually a common procedure and it can help treat impacted wisdom tooth, sleep apnea, and 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. If you don’t feel good about a dentist’s recommending you to an oral surgeon, you should feel free to ask your dentist the reason for the recommendation so that he can provide the reason for such.
There are many procedures that oral surgeons can perform. Here are some of the most common type 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. This impacted wisdom tooth can become very painful over time and the result will be a misalignment of the other teeth. It is possible for food to become trapped in the wisdom tooth and so will lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Regular wisdom tooth can be removed by a general dentist, but impacted wisdom tooth can only be removed by an oral surgeon.
If you experience sleep apnea, then you will require treatment. 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. IN surgery, the oral surgeon removes excess tissue from the back of your throat to clear the airway and lessen the symptoms.
A maxillofacial surgeon can diagnose problems with the alignment of the jaws and injuries that may require surgical intervention. 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. Small posts are placed in the patient’s tooth sockets and allowed to heal during a dental implant procedure. ARtifical teeth are then screwed to the posts which make it look and feel like natural teeth.
You need to book an appointment with your dentist to find out if you need oral surgery if you are experiencing problems with your teeth, jaw, or gums.