Oral surgery is more common than you may think. In fact, every day our office undergoes at least one oral surgery to correct a serious issue. From tooth extractions to dental implants to corrective jaw surgeries, no matter what surgery you need, our dentists will take great care to ensure that it’s performed safely and effectively. Learn here about the ten most common oral surgeries that are performed to treat dental problems.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
The third molars, known as your wisdom teeth, are the last set of teeth to develop in your mouth. Sometimes these erupt without any issues, however, other times they fail to emerge properly through the gum line and become impacted between the jawbone and gum tissue. When this happens, swelling, pain, and infection often occur around the wisdom teeth. If not removed, these teeth can cause permanent damage to the surrounding teeth, gums, and bone structure, and even result in cysts and tumours. That’s why dentists will recommend surgically removing the wisdom teeth when they become impacted.
When a tooth has been lost due to infection or an accident, a dental implant may be required to replace the missing tooth. An implant is a substitute for the root of the tooth. By surgically implanting a metal post into the jawbone, this will act to stabilize any artificial teeth that are attached. In order to be eligible for a dental implant, you need to have adequate bone density and good oral hygiene.
Often first-time dental wearers will need oral surgery to correct any irregularities of the jaw before being fit for dentures. And in the case where the supporting bone deteriorates over time, oral surgery can be performed to improve the fit or add a bone graft to any areas where there is little bone structure.
If your dentist finds a suspicious lesion in your mouth, they will perform a biopsy to take a small sample. This will be sent over to a lab for analysis to ensure that the tissue is not cancerous. Some lesions can be treated with medication, but others may need to be removed by an oral surgeon.
Surgery is often required to correct jaw issues. In the case when the jaw is not properly aligned or is damaged in an accident, surgery can help. Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders can also be treated with joint surgery when there is a specific joint problem causing the issue.
Normally sleep apnea is treated first with mouth splints, but if these methods don’t work, surgery is also an option. By removing excess tissue of the oropharynx from the back of the throat or from the lower jaw, we can help to alleviate or reduce many of the symptoms. Laser surgery is also possible to help tighten the palate or remove tissue that is known to cause sleep apnea symptoms.
In the case that some of your teeth become knocked-out or you endure a serious facial injury, oral surgery may need to be performed. Surgery is often used to fix fractured jaws, replace damaged and missing teeth, correct gum damage, and fix broken facial bones.
Those with a cleft lip and cleft palate also may need oral surgery to correct the issue. Cleft lip and palates are caused when a portion of the nasal cavity does not growth together properly, resulting in a gap in the lip or a split in the opening of the roof of the mouth.
If an infection spreads to the neck or jaws, it may require surgery if it becomes life-threatening. This can include cutting and draining the infection and extracting any teeth that may be infected as well.
Having a tooth extracted is one of the most common types of oral surgery. In the rare case that a root canal or restoration is not possible, an extraction may be necessary to remove a damaged and irreparable tooth.
Most adults will experience at least one oral surgery in their lifetime. If you need to have a wisdom tooth extracted, fix sleep apnea, or fix your jaw to fit dentures, you’re in good hands with our team at Rockcliffe Dental. Our dedicated team have professional experience in various dental practices and always take the time to ensure that your needs and comfort always come first. We’ll do everything possible to ensure that you’re at ease during your procedure. We’ll also answer all of your questions and fix any concerns to ensure you have a safe and comfortable experience. Contact us today!