No one really enjoys a visit to the family dentist for a checkup. The reason why many do not enjoy this visit is because it often ends with more appointments to fix a variety of dental issues. Some of these dental issues are quite simple while others can be very complicated. Todayís dentists perform their dentistry with a remarkable absence of pain. However, the average person is still apprehensive to visit their dentist.
A dental surgery on the other hand is a medical procedure that can involve the surgery of a personís jaw bones or teeth. Your family dentists will often recommend you to a dental surgeon for oral surgery. A dental surgeon is a dentist who specializes in dental conditions that cannot be treated by the average family dentist. He also will be involved with dental implants and the treatment of oral inflammations.
This article will explain some of the oral surgeries that are done by dental surgeons. The first oral dental procedure that we will discuss is the removal of persons Wisdom teeth. These teeth are sometimes referred to as your third set of molars. They are the last set of teeth to develop in your mouth. When these teeth emerge from the gum line they will need adequate space in the jaw to properly develop. However, more often than not your wisdom teeth will need to be removed.
The reason for this is because wisdom teeth often fail to completely emerge through a personís gum line and therefore they become impacted or entrapped between the gum tissue and the jaw bone. This will cause pain, swelling, and infection for the surrounding gum tissue. This is a dangerous situation because these impacted teeth can cause serious permanent damage to any of the teeth that are surrounding your wisdom teeth.
They can also cause additional damage to the gums and bone. Unattended and infected wisdom teeth can lead to the formation of tumors or cysts which will eventually destroy a section of your jaw. For these reasons your family dentist will probably recommend that you have these teeth surgically removed.
Oral surgery is also required for dental implants. Dental implants are an excellent option for anyone who has lost a tooth because of infection or an accident. They are a better alternative to dentures and bridges. The dental implant is surgically anchored into the jawbone. This will provide stabilization for the attached artificial teeth.
A candidate for dental implants will have to have an adequate level of bone density that is not prone to any infection. He will also be instructed about the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene practices. People who have had successful dental implants relate how wonderful they are and that in short period of time you will forget that you even have artificial teeth.
Another reason for an oral surgery is because of jaw related problems. This may be because of an unequal jaw growth for the lower or upper jaw as it fails to grow properly. This condition would provide a lot of difficulty when eating, speaking, swallowing, and breathing. Some of these problems can be corrected by a minor alignment with orthodontic appliances.
However, the more serious problems require oral surgery. The surgery may remove a portion of the lower or upper jaw and reposition it so that it is more balanced, healthy and functional. This type of surgery is only done if the placing of an orthodontic appliance is not effective.
Oral surgery can also now be done to improve the fit of a personís dentures. Some people have great difficulty fitting dentures into their mouth. Oral surgery can correct any irregularities in the jaw. For people who have been wearing dentures for a long time there may be a deterioration of the bone. This will result with the personís dentures eventually not fitting properly. An oral surgeon can help the situation by grafting bone onto the area that requires it.
Oral surgery is often required for people who suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. This disorder occurs in the small joint where the lower jaw and the skull meet. People who suffer from this disorder often have continual facial and headache pain. To treat this disorder a dentist may use a combination of physical therapies, splints, and oral medications. If the diagnosis shows a specific problem in the joint and the TMJ case is well advanced there may be a recommendation for joint surgery.