Some dental care situations can involve the need for an oral surgeon. If your dental care needs warrant such a recommendation, your Colney Hatch dentist will discuss your needs and the reasons for the recommendation. We encourage you, as always, to ask questions and share your concerns with your dentist.
Oral surgery corrects problems or damage to the mouth, teeth, and jaw. It is sometimes referred to as "Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery", combining oral surgery with surgery on the structures of the face, sinuses, and neck.
Oral surgery is more common than many might imagine and involves surgical treatments such as removing impacted wisdom teeth, denture preparation, repairing TMJ jaw problems, and performing root canals. Oral surgeons are also called in for more advanced procedures, such as those required after trauma or severe disease damages the structure of the mouth, jaw, or face.
Some of the dental care issues that may be resolved through the skills of an Oral Surgeon are:
- Impacted Wisdom Teeth - these are known as your third molars and are the last set of teeth to erupt through the gums. When space is available in the jaw line to accept these final teeth, they will emerge without issue. However, if there is not sufficient room for them to break through gum tissues, they become trapped - impacted - between the jawbone and gum tissue. This impaction can lead to inflammation and infection, and even cysts or tumours, if left in place.
- Dental Implants - the precise surgical techniques required for the successful placement of the titanium rod in the jawbone and the eventual setting and restructuring of the gum tissue call for the skills of an Oral Surgeon.
- Jaw Growth Inequalities - when the upper and lower jaws do not grow properly it can result in improper teeth alignment or difficulties in eating, swallowing, speaking and even breathing. When orthodontics cannot correct such jaw growth problems, oral surgery may be required to move all or part of one or both jaws into a new position that affords better function and health.
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) - when the small joint just in front of the ear, where skull and lower jaw meet, is out of alignment the person will suffer headaches and facial pain. Many TMJ sufferers are provided relief through oral medications, physical therapy and splints, however, some either have a more severe misalignment or suffer recurring misalignments. In these more severe cases, an oral surgeon may be recommended for joint surgery.
Oral Surgeons may also be recommended for other types of conditions, such as:
- Facial Injury Repairs - fractured jaws and broken face bones
- Biopsies & Lesion Removal
- Cleft Palate & Lip Repair
- Facial Infections & Associated Teeth Extractions
- Sleep Apnea or Snoring