Oral Surgery Q & A
What is oral surgery?
Oral surgery is a form of specialized dentistry that addresses problems with your mouth, jaw, gums, and teeth. Common oral surgery procedures include wisdom teeth extraction and implants, but oral surgery is also used for a variety of complex oral needs that require more invasive treatment and sedation.
When is oral surgery needed?
Tooth extractions are the most common reason for oral surgery, but several other conditions require the expertise of an oral surgeon.
- Wisdom teeth removal: When wisdom teeth are impacted or partially impacted, the seasoned doctors at Gentle Dental Family Care provide comprehensive sedation dentistry for extractions of all types.
- Cleft palate surgery: An experienced oral surgeon can adjust and repair facial deformities caused by a cleft palate or cleft lip congenital disability.
- Corrective jaw surgery: Oral surgery repairs severe jaw misalignment that shifts the jaw into an extreme overbite or underbite and causes dental problems.
- Dental implants: To support a bridge, replace one or more teeth, or to fill in where teeth never erupted, dental implants require the skill of an oral health care professional with experience placing a titanium post into the jawbone.
- Bone grafting: When you need dental implants, but your jawbone isn't strong enough to make you a candidate for the procedure, a bone graft builds up the bone in your jaw to make the procedure possible.
- Denture preparation: After teeth are extracted in preparation for dentures, the dentists atGentle Dental Family Care may reshape your alveolar ridge and reshape the gum tissues, so your new dentures fit correctly.
- Gum grafting: When your gums pull back from your teeth and expose your dental roots during gum recession, several threatening bacterial issues can occur. If gum disease is severe, an oral surgeon may recommend grafting skin from the roof of your mouth to repair the recession.
- Oral cancer: An oral surgeon can remove and biopsy cancerous lesions that your dentist discovers during your routine exam.
What can I expect during oral surgery?
Depending on your procedure, the providers at Gentle Dental Family Care ensure you understand what to expect and provide recovery instructions. Using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, your dentist sedates you so that you sleep while they’re at work in your mouth. The procedure is over by the time you awake.
For the best in oral health care, rely on Gentle Dental Family Care. Call now or book a consultation online.