The phrase ‘oral surgery’ refers simply to any surgical treatment done in or around the mouth. This includes a number of different life-changing procedures, such as the removal of impacted wisdom teeth or the placement of dental implants.
Dentistry offers several surgical treatments that are designed to get your mouth back in full working order. We can provide some of these procedures in our office, though others may require referral to a specialist.
Did you know that many tissues in your mouth heal much faster than other parts of your body?
Dental implants change lives. This is one of the most popular methods for replacing missing teeth— for good reason. This method replaces the entire tooth, from root to crown.
Dental implants start with a titanium post that is placed into your jaw, right where the natural tooth root used to be. As this area heals, it goes through a process called osseointegration, which means that the post and the bone of your jaw fuse together into an even stronger structure.
This provides a secure and durable anchor for your replacement crown, bridge, or denture set.
Wisdom teeth removal is by far one of the most common forms of oral surgery. In fact, there are some dental practices that do nothing but remove wisdom teeth.
This surgery is necessary for most people because human jaws have gradually gotten smaller. There is no longer room in them for a third set of molars, and overcrowding causes a huge number of problems with both the jaw and the rest of the teeth.
Removing wisdom teeth can help prevent cavities and below-the-gum decay of impacted teeth. This procedure also reduces the type of pressure that would otherwise make your other teeth crooked and overcrowded.
Another common form of oral surgery is involved in orthodontics, and it, too, can be life-changing.
Orthodontia is the specific part of dentistry that deals with straightening teeth and aligning the jaw properly. It is far more than just braces. There are times when surgery is required in order to effectively accomplish those goals.
Endodontia is dentistry that treats the inside of a tooth. A common procedure in endodontics is the root canal treatment.
Root canals get a bad rap because patients feel that there is a great deal of pain involved. The truth, however, is that the root canal treatment is there to relieve that pain.
The insides of your teeth are filled with nerves and soft tissue called pulp. This high concentration of nerves is the reason why infection and decay in these areas cause such debilitating toothaches and other distressing symptoms.
Root canal treatments remove infected tissue and replace it with a comfortable, biocompatible material, just like a regular cavity filling. In the process, it also relieves your pain and saves your tooth!
Talk to us about your dental needs and find out what your options are. Whatever your teeth require, we are more than happy to work with you to find the right solution for your needs!