Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are dental specialists who diagnosis and treat diseases, injuries, and defects of the head, mouth, teeth, gums, jaws and neck. There are many different types of oral surgery performed by these dental specialists. Below you will find just some of the reasons patients undergo oral surgery.
Common Reasons For Undergoing Oral Surgery
• Missing teeth – Dental implants represent the ideal solution to missing teeth for qualified candidates. Dental implants are strong yet tiny titanium screws that are surgically embedded into the jaw bone, where they act as artificial roots that provide unrivaled support for crowns, bridges, and dentures. The surgical placement of dental implants requires careful planning and absolute precision to ensure the best results possible.
• Insufficient jaw bone mass to support dental implants – Because dental implants are placed in the jaw, the success of the surgery depends on the patient’s jaw bone density. If a patient has insufficient jaw bone mass to support dental implants, a bone grafting procedure can be performed.
• Abnormal growths and lesions – Such growths and lesions can be cancerous. A biopsy can be taken of abnormal growths and lesions and, if oral cancer is present, a surgical procedure can be performed to remove the affected tissues.
• TMJ and bite problems – Patients with bite problems may benefit from corrective jaw surgery. Through this procedure, the upper and lower jaws can be corrected so that they meet properly, making the bite stronger and restoring comfort to the mouth. Jaw correction surgery can also alleviate symptoms of TMJ disorder, including chronic headaches and jaw pain.
• Facial trauma – Oral surgery can be performed to reconstruct delicate facial structures damaged by trauma. Teeth can be replaced, and bones can be reconnected with wires or plates and screws.
• Pain due to wisdom teeth – When the development of wisdom teeth leads to pain, infection, or swelling, the teeth in question can be surgically extracted.
If any of the above reasons for undergoing oral surgery apply to you, contact Prestige Oral Surgery at 732-297-7000.