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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.

Oral cancer

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

is cancerous.

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.

Jaw problems

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. can provide you with more information and resources about

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