Surgeries aren’t necessarily something you may look forward to, but their results are another story. The same is true for oral surgery—it might sound unpleasant, but often what follows is relief and the pathway to a stronger, more confident smile.
Surgeries are very commonplace in the medical and dental industries, but the fear surrounding them is completely understandable.
- Oral surgery can mean anything from a frenectomy to full mouth rehabilitation.
- Many procedures today are being performed with dental lasers.
- Sometimes tooth extraction is recommended before orthodontic treatment.
- Tooth extraction may be necessary before beginning radiation therapy.
Can you imagine tooth extraction being a smooth process?
Tooth extraction may be a part of your care plan before beginning orthodontic treatment, or if you have a badly decayed tooth or significant oral infection. While it may not sound ideal, the procedure can be comfortable and routine. After the removal, we will give you details on how to ensure an equally comfortable recovery.
It’s estimated that ten million third molars (also known as wisdom teeth) are removed in America per year.
Why is wisdom tooth extraction necessary?
Well, for some people, it isn’t. The reason wisdom tooth extractions are so common is because our jaws and mouths just aren’t as big and spacious as they used to be. Scientists believe this is the evolutionary result of our diets changing from coarse, rough foods to softer foods and the implementation of eating utensils.
- Without the space they need, wisdom teeth can become impacted.
- Impacted wisdom teeth can cause shifting of surrounding teeth and bite alteration.
- If partial eruption happens, infection can occur as a result of food debris and bacteria buildup.
Tooth loss, gum disease, or trauma can cause jawbone deterioration.
Jawbone deterioration causes a lot of problems for your oral and overall well-being.
It can cause teeth to loosen and fall out, alter your facial appearance, and make speaking and eating difficult. A strong jawbone is needed to replace missing teeth with dental implants and restore your oral health. Thank goodness for grafting!
- Bone grafting consists of adding bone to an area it’s needed, in this case, your jaw.
- Grafting encourages your own jawbone to regenerate.
- Bone grafting can be done with bone elsewhere from your body, donor bone, or synthetic materials.
Crown lengthening can prepare your teeth for restoration.
Crown lengthening is the natural result of gum contouring, but it’s usually done to ready your smile for restorative services, such as placing a crown or creating a uniform appearance before securing a dental bridge. For firm placement of restorative materials like porcelain or zirconia, we may recommend the removal of excess gum tissue.
- Lengthening your crown keeps your tooth roots happy in your gums and jawbone.
- Removing excess gum tissue can improve your smile’s appearance and prepare it for restorative services.
- If decay has damaged a significant amount of your tooth structure, but crown lengthening can reveal more, extraction may be avoidable.