Dentists perform oral surgery to correct problems with teeth, gums, jaws, and facial structures. This can range from simple tooth extractions to complex jaw surgeries. At Precision Cosmetic Family Dentistry, our dentists can perform several oral surgery procedures, including wisdom tooth removal, bone grafting, and more. An oral surgeon can help restore your dental health depending on your needs.
Types of Oral Surgery
Tooth extractions are sometimes necessary if a tooth cannot be saved and is causing pain. Teeth that are impacted, or stuck below the gum line, may need to be removed. Wisdom teeth may also need to be extracted if they cannot come in correctly. Most patients do not feel any sensation during the procedure; however, some feel pressure or minor discomfort. Patients can resume their normal activities the next day. It is essential to practice good oral hygiene following the tooth extraction to prevent infection of the gums.
Sometimes, a tooth is too damaged to hold an implant. In these cases, the dentist will likely recommend bone grafting. During the procedure, the dentist will take bone from another part of the mouth or a cadaver and graft it onto the damaged tooth. Once healed, the tooth will be strong enough to support an implant or other restoration.
Dental implants are an excellent replacement option when a tooth is missing. A dental implant consists of a small titanium post placed into the jaw where the missing tooth is. The post is left to heal and fuse with the bone and surrounding tissue, a process called osseointegration. Once healed, the post is topped with a crown restoration that resembles a natural tooth in function and appearance. This can replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth with fixed bridges.
The Benefits of Oral Surgery
If you’ve lost a tooth or teeth, it can impact your appearance and ability to chew and speak properly. Since your mouth is meant to function in a certain way, the positioning of your teeth plays an important role. This is why an oral surgeon may recommend dental implants to replace missing teeth. Implants are surgically placed in the jaw's bone as artificial tooth roots. This provides a realistic way to achieve proper alignment and prevent bone loss.
Dental surgery can significantly affect a person’s self-esteem, especially if they’ve experienced severe tooth loss or worn dentures. Individuals missing several teeth are self-conscious about their smile and can often be shy in social situations. For some, this can lead to isolation and even depression. Oral surgery can help patients regain confidence and feel better about their smile.
After oral surgery, it is essential to care for your surgical site as directed to promote proper healing. For the best dental care, visit Precision Cosmetic Family Dentistry at 1111 S Dixie Fwy, New Smyrna Beach 32168, or call (386) 424-1631.