Oral surgery is the term used to describe procedures that extend below the gumline or within other tissues of the face or mouth. There are various types of oral surgery, some of which are more common than others.
If you need to have one or more teeth pulled, the process involves a simple form of oral surgery. This procedure is done to address advanced decay and severe damage, improve crowding, or prepare for orthodontic treatments. Many extractions do not require incisions into the gum tissue, but the process leaves an open tooth socket within the gums.
If your wisdom teeth are causing crowding or other dental problems, removal is usually a bit more complicated than other types of extractions. When wisdom teeth are impacted, or trapped beneath the gums, an incision is needed to gain access to the tooth and bone tissue.
This process increases bone tissue in your jaw and is often done to prepare for dental implants or to prevent additional tooth loss. Grafting bone tissue can come from your own body, a cadaver donor, or even from an animal.
If your jaw is misaligned or otherwise improperly shaped or sized, surgery can correct the issue. Jaw surgery is used to treat temporomandibular joint disorder, in preparation for dentures, or to correct damage from traumatic injury.
Many people are referred to Time Square Dental Group from other dental practices where oral surgery is not available.
During your consultation, your dentist will discuss whether surgery is needed to address your specific dental care needs. The team at Time Square Dental Group always prefers conservative treatment options when possible, but there are cases where oral surgery is the best course of action.
Prior to moving forward with any surgical procedure, you’ll learn about all available treatment options. You’ll know what to expect in terms of preparation, recovery, and outcomes, as well as the timeline and expense of various options.
It’s important to share the details of your personal health history with your dental team in advance of any surgical procedure. Include a list of current medications and supplements you’re taking, as well as any health issues for which you are currently being treated.
If you’re a smoker, finding a way to quit the habit for good is one of the most powerful things you can do to improve your recovery process. Smoking has a negative effect on your circulation and healing process, and quitting will not only help your body recover, but will enhance your overall dental and physical health and wellness.
To learn more about oral surgery and what to expect, call the office to set up a visit. Online booking is also an option and can be done from the comfort of home, any time of day or night.