Dental surgery, also known as oral surgery, is the process by which dentists, endodontists, or other professionals perform surgical procedures on the teeth, jaw, gums, or any related other areas of a patient. Oral surgery can be conducted for any number of reasons and is not something that should be put off, due to the threat of infections from damage to the teeth.
At Florida Dental Solutions, we provide the highest-quality dental care – including dental surgeries – for our patients at affordable pricing. And we offer it on Saturdays as well as, because we know tooth problems happen on the weekends too! If you are experiencing an issue with your teeth or gums which may require surgical intervention, give us a call right away at 954-362-4102.
Reasons for Oral Surgery Procedures
There are countless reasons why your dentist may consider oral surgery necessary. These can range in nature from simple tooth removal to more serious conditions, such as jaw-related problems, traumatic injuries to the teeth, jaw or gums, or infections.
One of the most common reasons for dental surgery is for the extraction of problematic teeth. This is especially true if the teeth in question are impacted. Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are one of the most prevalent reasons for tooth extraction. As they are the last set of teeth to fully develop in the mouth, they often do not fit correctly in the jaw due to lack of space. If they fail to fully emerge, they become impacted between the gum tissue and the jaw bone, resulting in pain, swelling and potentially, infection. This is why impacted teeth need to be surgically removed.
Beyond impacted teeth, such as wisdom teeth, there are several other reasons why teeth may need to be extracted surgically. These include:
- Teeth severely damaged by tooth decay, trauma, or root fracture.
- Primary, or baby teeth, which have failed to fall out on their own.
- Orthodontic plans which require the removal of teeth to reduce overcrowding.
“Endodontic” refers to the inside of the tooth. This usually refers to the roots of the tooth, with root canals being the most common endodontic procedure. When root canals are performed, the goal of the treatment is to help treat infection within the tooth itself from spreading into the bloodstream and further into the body.
When new trauma, deeper decay, or a broke, cracked or loose filling occurs, your dentist may be required to conduct additional oral surgery to address any new infection risks. Your dentist may also detect additional issues which were not detected in any previous treatments.
Dental implants are another common reason for oral surgery. Dental implants allow individuals to have one or more missing teeth replaced. Dental implants can be replaced either one tooth at a time, or if multiple implants are needed, using what is known as all-on-four dental implants. Dental implants offer patients a wide array of benefits, including:
- A boost in self-confidence.
- Removing the need for uncomfortable or ill-fitting dentures.
- Helping to keep other remaining teeth healthy and intact.
- Helping patients smile!
Dental implants consist of a titanium screw, which acts as the root for the replacement tooth, which is often made of either porcelain or a composite material. The material used depends upon the personal choice of the patient, as well as any associated costs, which you should discuss with your dentist.
When conducting oral surgery for a dental implant, your dentist places a screw into the jaw in place of a missing tooth. Once the screw is inserted into the jaw, a fake tooth is attached to the screw, giving the appearance – and functionality – of a natural tooth. For all-on-four dental implants, four screws are inserted into the jaw at strategic points, and the replacement teeth are fitted onto these screws. All-on-four dental implants are especially helpful if several teeth need to be replaced, as the procedure can be performed in one sitting.
Recovery Time for Oral Surgery
Recovery time for oral surgery procedures can differ greatly, depending upon the nature of the surgical procedure, it’s extent and any other related problems. For most dental surgeries performed by your dentist, recovery times should be fairly quick. This is especially true with dental implants, where the teeth can be used, albeit with some discomfort, from day one. For a better understanding of how long your recovery may take after oral surgery, speak with your dentist.
Schedule An Appointment Today
Toothaches are painful. Visiting a dentist shouldn’t be. Don’t let a dental emergency wait for treatment, as this may have painful – and expensive – consequences for the future. At Florida Dental Solutions, we strive to make getting dental work done a pleasant experience for your entire family. We specialize in providing our clients comprehensive dental care at affordable prices. If you believe you are in need oral surgery, give us a call today at 954-362-4102.
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Davie, Florida 33024
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