There are several reasons why people undergo a dental surgery. There are also different types of dental surgeries like cosmetic dental surgeries for correcting the misalignment of the jaws or the dental implant surgeries. You might also have to undergo a dental surgery if your need to get a tooth removed. The dental surgeries are performed by a qualified oral surgeon. Extractions and root canal treatments also come under dental surgeries, these however can be conducted by a dentist in a clinic.
Here is a list of some of the different Specialized Dental Procedures
When the wisdom teeth get impacted in the gums you need to get the help of an oral surgeon. The wisdom teeth when impacted will try to push the other teeth making the mouth misaligned and crooked. This is especially true if the patient has undergone an orthodontic treatment. The gum needs to be cut and opened to remove the teeth. This is done under anaesthesia. Once the teeth are removed the oral surgeon places stitches in the mouth. This surgery is usually performed on wisdom teeth but can also be carried out on the other teeth as well.
If your jaws aren’t properly aligned, this can cause problems not only with appearance but also with function. Surgery is often necessary to correct this problem and restore function.
Following are some of the conditions that may indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery
- Difficulty chewing, or biting food
- Difficulty swallowing
- Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headache
- Excessive wear of the teeth
- Open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
- Unbalanced facial appearance from the front, or side
- Facial injury
- Birth defects
- Receding lower jaw and chin
- Protruding jaw
- Inability to make the lips meet without straining
- Chronic mouth breathing
- Sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring)
Your dentist, orthodontist and OMS will work together to determine whether you are a candidate for corrective jaw, or orthographic, surgery. The OMS determines which corrective jaw surgical procedure is appropriate and performs the actual surgery. It is important to understand that your treatment, which will probably include orthodontics before and after surgery, may take several years to complete. Your OMS and orthodontist understand that this is a long-term commitment for you and your family, and will try to realistically estimate the time required for your treatment.
Extraction involves removal of an ailing tooth. This is done usually with tooth that has decayed to an extent that cannot be repaired. Extraction is usually done on the request of the patient. Extraction is cheaper as compared to repairing of the decayed tooth. Patients might also opt for tooth extraction when they are planning to get dentures.