What are the most common types of oral surgery?
Oral surgeons perform a variety of procedures and provide consultations in situations where general dentists may be unsure as to whether surgical treatment is necessary. Here are some of the most common types of oral surgery:
Impacted wisdom tooth removal
In some cases, your regular dentist can remove a wisdom tooth, but impacted teeth may require specialist care from an oral surgeon.
Even though some people have no problem with their wisdom teeth, it is not unusual for these third molars to become impacted, or trapped, due to not fully erupting.
Over time, an impacted wisdom tooth can become painful and eventually lead to misalignment of the other teeth. In addition, food can easily become trapped around wisdom teeth, causing tooth decay and gum disease.
Dental implants are titanium or zirconium posts, that are surgically placed into the jawbone. Once fully healed and held in place by the bone, a crown is attached to the implant. Dental implants are designed to be a permanent fixture to replace missing teeth or hold a prosthesis in the mouth.
How do I know if dental implants are right for me?
If you have lost one or more teeth, due to any reason, implants are likely to be a good option for you. They are an excellent choice when there is minimal risk of further tooth loss, as they can be used to support the remaining teeth further, as well as preventing them from shifting or moving out of their original position. Dental implants are designed to become a permanent part of the jaw and are considered a permanent option.
What should I anticipate if I have oral surgery?
Your oral surgeon will provide you with information about what you need to do prior to surgery, arrangements that you may need to make for your procedure aftercare, what kind of medications you may need to take, and follow up instructions. You may need to take antibiotics and pain relief medications and may need to avoid certain types of foods and beverages while your mouth or jaw heals.
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