Oral surgery is a phrase that makes most people imagine invasive and unpleasant scenarios.
In reality, in the modern dental office; most treatments described as “oral surgery” are routine and nothing to be afraid of.
Here are some common procedures that you may encounter for various dental issues:
Oral Surgery: Root Canals
A root canal can save a tooth and prevent an extraction.
If the nerve of the tooth becomes abscessed or infected, a root canal may be needed.
Your dentist removes the affected tissue during a root canal.
The cavity is filled with a pliable, medicated filling, restoring functionality.
Oral Surgery: Extractions
In some severe situations a dentist must extract a tooth.
However, the underlying conditions necessitating an extraction vary.
But when those conditions exist, and your dentist cannot alleviate them through other means; an extraction is necessary.
Dental implants are one of the best options for replacing missing teeth since they are permanent, strong and natural looking.
They involve “implanting” a titanium cylinder into the jaw, thus replacing the root structure of the tooth.
Your dentist will attach a prosthetic tooth to the implant once healing occurs.
Implants replace missing teeth and also serve as an “anchor” for a bridge or dentures.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
The third molars – “Wisdom Teeth” are the last teeth to erupt, usually in early adulthood.
Removal is not always necessary.
However, in many instances they can “over crowd” the existing teeth.
Additionally, they can grow in ways that interfere with chewing or oral hygiene.
Consequently, in those instances; they must be removed.
Gingivitis and Periodontitis Treatment
Bacterial infection causes gingivitis – an inflammation of the gum tissue.
But left untreated, it can worsen, causing loss of teeth due to erosion of the jaw bone that supports the teeth.
Damage caused by advanced gum disease may require oral surgery.
The oral surgeon may perform one or more procedures to limit or repair affected bone or tissue since the effects of gum disease are wide-ranging.
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