If your dentist tells you that you will need oral surgery, your natural tendency is to get scared. A lot of people imagine that oral surgery is a procedure that is dangerous, painful, and expensive. Oral surgery is actually a common procedure and it can help treat impacted wisdom tooth, sleep apnea, and tooth loss. There are many different procedures depending on the problem but this procedure is entirely on outpatient basis and you can resume work or normal activities a few days after the surgery.
There are cases when your dentist will ask you to see an oral surgeon so that you can have the best possible dental care. If you don’t feel good about a dentist’s recommending you to an oral surgeon, you should feel free to ask your dentist the reason for the recommendation so that he can provide the reason for such.
Oral surgeons can perform many procedures. Here are some of the most common type of oral surgery.
There are many people who have no problem with their wisdom teeth, but for some these third molars can become compacted or trapped because they have not fully erupted or they are misaligned. If you wisdom tooth is impacted then it becomes very painful over time and some of your other teeth can get misaligned. When you eat food, it can get trapped around your impacted wisdom tooth which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Some dentists can remove a wisdom tooth, but specialist care from an oral surgeon is required if the wisdom tooth is impacted.
If you experience sleep apnea, then you will require treatment. While using a mouthguard or a special machine that keeps the airway open at night can treat sleep apnea, there are those whose only option is surgery. To cleat the airway and lessen symptoms significantly, an oral surgeon will remove excess tissue from the back of your throat.
It is the job of a maxillofacial surgeon to diagnose jaw alignment problems and injuries that require surgery. If reconstructive and jaw surgery is performed by a maxillofacial surgeon, he can help improve the appearance of the patient, relieve the pain, and enable him to chew food normally again.
IF you have lost your teeth, then you can have the option of dental implants. A dental implant procedure includes placing small posts in the patient’s tooth sockets and allowed to heal. When artificial teeth are screwed to the posts, your lost teeth are replaced and you now have teeth that look and feels like natural teeth.
You need to book an appointment with your dentist to find out if you need oral surgery if you are experiencing problems with your teeth, jaw, or gums.