Oral surgery is a branch of dentistry that treats more serious, complex dental cases. There are many procedures under this branch. Keep reading to learn more about the different types of oral surgery procedures and when they may be necessary!
When Are Oral Surgeries Needed?
You may need oral surgery for a number of oral health issues, including:
- Broken, fractured teeth
- Cleft lip
- Jawbone degradation
- Impacted teeth
- Severe tooth decay
- Sleep apnea
- Temporomandibular joint disorder
- Tooth loss
- Periodontitis (advanced gum disease)
Common Types of Oral Surgeries
There are many types of oral surgeries. Some of the most commonly performed oral surgeries are:
- Bone Grafts
Tooth loss can cause the jawbone to deteriorate because it is no longer stimulated and supported by the tooth root. Bone graft surgery helps strengthen and repair the jawbone to get it ready for implant placement.
- Cleft Repair
Oral surgery can repair a cleft lip (a hole in the upper lip). Cleft lip surgery will help restore a patient’s lip functionality, making it easier to eat and speak.
- Dental Implant Placement
After tooth loss, patients can undergo dental implant surgery to have small, metal dental implants surgically placed into the jawbone. Once the implants are placed, tooth restorations can attach to the implant and fill in the gaps in a patient’s smile.
- Tooth Extractions
When a tooth is severely damaged or decayed, it may need to be extracted. Extractions can also be used to remove impacted teeth to prevent more serious dental complications down the road.
When gum disease goes untreated, it can turn into full-blown periodontitis. With periodontal oral surgery, the gums are pulled back so that an oral surgeon can deep clean the tooth roots and flush out the infection. Once the roots are thoroughly cleaned, they will perform a gum graft to help the gums reattach to the teeth and repair a gummy smile.
- Sleep Apnea
If oral appliance therapy and a CPAP machine aren’t properly treating a patient’s obstructive sleep apnea, oral surgery may be recommended. Oral surgery can repair the soft tissue in the back of the throat to prevent it from collapsing.
Oral Surgery at Chandler Dental Center
At Chandler Dental Center, we offer state-of-the-art oral surgeries to help patients get back to enjoying great oral health. Questions about oral surgery? Please contact our office for more information!
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