Understanding Oral Surgery and How it Can Help You



Oral surgery covers a range of different dental operations designed to overcome major dental problems. This includes the removal of wisdom teeth and the creation of dental implants or dentures. Oral surgery can also be used to fix a number of different jaw related issues, such as unequal jaw growth. Lean more about oral surgery to understand how it can help you with your dental problem.

The Removal of Wisdom Teeth

One of the most common oral surgery procedures is the removal of wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth do not always need to be removed, but it is fairly normal for them to become impacted as they grow in ­ resulting in a painful situation. Wisdom teeth are the final teeth to grow in your mouth, often after the rest of your jaw is already developed. Because of this, your wisdom teeth may not have enough room to properly emerge from the gum line. When this happens, your wisdom teeth become impacted. This can cause pain due to swelling and infection in your gums. Also, impacted wisdom teeth can result in further damage to other teeth, your gums, and even your jaw bone. In these situations, the wisdom teeth need to be extracted.

The process of removing wisdom teeth will vary from person to person, but generally involves sedation of some kind, followed by the removal of the teeth. The recovery time can vary from several days to several weeks, depending on how severe the problem is. Before the teeth are removed, x­rays will be needed and a thorough dental evaluation will be required.

Dentures and Dental Implants

extractionsDentures are artificial teeth used to replace lost teeth, either due to an accident or from medical issues. In some cases, dental implants may be a more viable solution than dentures. Dental implants are attached directly to the jawbone and therefore require that the subject has a sufficient density to their jaw bone. Other considerations include having good oral hygiene and being prone to infection. If you meet the requirements, dental implants could be a more efficient solution than getting dentures.

Corrective Jaw Surgery

The shape, size, and other factors of your jawbone directly affect the way your teeth grow and the overall condition of your smile. Due to this, there are many different reasons for needing corrective jaw surgery; though, a couple of the most common oral surgery procedures that involve the jaw include unequal jaw growth and improving the fit of dentures.

Various issues related to unequal jaw growth can cause problems making it difficult to speak, eat, or even breath. These issues include improper teeth alignment, commonly corrected using braces. In more severe situations, oral surgery may be required. For corrective jaw surgery, parts of the upper or lower jaw may be removed to help move the jaw into a more acceptable position.

On occasions, oral surgery involving the jaw may be needed to help improve the overall fit of dentures. It is not uncommon for parts of the jawbone to deteriorate, making the dentures uncomfortable or difficult to wear. Some of the corrective jaw surgery options that may help dentures fit better include adding a bone graft or adjusting the jawbone.

Regardless of the type of oral surgery you need, your dentist will have the answers you need to make the best selection. An examination with x­rays and a full evaluation of your mouth will offer better insight into the condition of your mouth.

To learn more about oral surgery and find out what condition your teeth are in, contact us today for a thorough dental evaluation.