When a dentist mentions oral surgery, most patients think of a painful, dangerous, and expensive procedure. The truth is, there’s no reason to worry. While every case is different, patients can resume activities within a few days. So, when is an oral surgery procedure necessary?
If you have a misaligned jaw, corrective oral surgery may be necessary. This involves moving the jaw into a position that makes it balanced and functional. If this concerns you, rest assured that you will recover in a short period. After the procedure, the dentists will advise how to maintain oral hygiene.
Wisdom teeth issues
Some people have problems with wisdom teeth – they become impacted or may not fully erupt. Over time, an impacted wisdom tooth may become trapped, contributing to gum disease. In severe cases, this may lead to tooth decay.
A tooth can emerge from the jawline, but the space may not be enough. This may cause infections of the gum tissue that surround the wisdom teeth. Without surgery, an impacted tooth can cause damage to the surrounding teeth. In rare cases, the tooth could destroy a section of the jaw.
Reconstructive surgery following an accident
If the jaws don’t fit together after an accident, your dentist may recommend oral surgery. This procedure is done to improve function and aesthetic appearance. Generally, the surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Sometimes, small bone plates, wires, and screws are used to fix the jaw into one position.
The specialists at Studio Dental Care will provide you with all the information you need before having surgery. They will also discuss the arrangements you need to make after the procedure.
Facial pain or TMD/TMJ
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) refers to that little hinge in front of the ears. It can trigger problems like jaw-popping, headaches, and stiffness. While most people with TMJ can be treated with oral medications, some cases may require oral surgery. Your dentist will recommend this procedure if the diagnosis indicates a problem in the jaw joint.
Root amputation refers to the surgical removal of multi-rooted teeth. If several teeth are infected, there could be a significant loss around the teeth. Your dentist may recommend oral surgery to remove half of the tooth. This will leave a serviceable one-rooted tooth.
This procedure is done if the root canal is not enough to stop the spread of the infection inside a tooth. It also prevents future infections. First, the gum is cut to lift the root of the teeth. After that, the inflamed root is removed and then filled with several materials. And depending on the individual case, the tooth canal may be widened.
Since Apicoectomy is done under local anesthesia, the surgery is painless.