Dental surgery is a common and routine procedure that dentists perform to remove decay, repair damage, or prepare teeth for orthodontic work. In most cases, dental surgery is performed under local anesthesia in an outpatient setting, which means you can go home the same day.
There are several reasons why you may need dental surgery,
-To remove decay: If you have a cavity, your dentist will likely
recommend dental surgery to remove the decay and clean the area. Surgery may
also, be needed to remove infected tissue around the tooth.
To repair damage
Damage to your teeth, gums, or jawbone can sometimes only be
corrected through surgery. This might be the case if you have the following:
– an infection that has reached the bone
– advanced gum disease
– a tooth that is severely broken or damaged
– a wisdom tooth that is impacted (stuck and unable to erupt
through the gum)
– crowding of teeth that cannot be corrected with braces
You might also need surgery to prepare your mouth for dental
implants or remove tissue blocking a tooth’s eruption.
Cancer can occur in any part of the oral cavity, including the
lips, gums, tongue, roof or floor of the mouth, and cheeks. Oral cancer is more
common in men than in women. The most common symptom of oral cancer is a sore that
doesn’t heal. Dental surgery may be recommended if a biopsy shows that the sore
The surgery may involve removing the cancerous tissue and some surrounding healthy tissue. Sometimes, part or all of the tongue
may need to be removed. Surgery may also be needed to remove lymph nodes in the
neck if they are affected by cancer.
To prepare for orthodontic work.
If you are getting braces, your dentist may recommend
dental surgery to prepare your teeth for orthodontic work. Surgery may be
needed to expand your jaw or remove extra teeth.
Sometimes, people have problems with their jaws that
need surgery. This could be because the upper and lower jaws don’t meet
properly or because the jaw is too small or too large for the teeth. Surgery
can also help with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders.
If you have any of these problems, your dentist may refer you to
an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Dental surgery is an important and routine part of dental care. Doctorwisdom.com can provide you with more information and resources about
dental surgery and other dental procedures.