Four Benefits Of Oral Surgery
Oral surgery was not on Maria’s list of her favorite things in “The Sound of Music.” We bet it’s not on your list of favorite things, either.
In fact, we suspect, you might be perfectly fine if you never need oral surgery.
Nevertheless, oral surgery remains a standard part of general and restorative dentistry, and we perform oral surgeries on a regular basis at Hubbard & Leath Dental.
Today we want to take some time to explain some of the benefits of oral surgery. If you ever need one of these procedures, rest assured that you will receive the best possible care at our dentist office in Rochester Hills.
1. Removing Teeth Can Prevent Problems
One of the best examples of this is wisdom teeth removal.
Wisdom teeth are kind of like your appendix. You don’t usually hear about it unless someone is having it removed.
While not everyone develops a third set of molars, wisdom teeth cause problems for 90 percent of the people who do, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
For that 90 percent, at least one of their wisdom teeth will be impacted. An impacted tooth is one that does not come in completely. This can increase your risk of infections. This also can cause the tooth to push into your existing teeth, creating crowding and misalignment problems.
In those situations, your best move is to have your wisdom teeth removed. This saves you from the headaches (in some cases literally) that go along with tooth problems.
2. Removing Teeth Can Prevent Infections
In case you think we are repeating ourselves, we are not talking about wisdom teeth in this situation. Instead, we are talking about teeth that have been damaged as a result of tooth decay.
If the dentist can’t save your tooth with another procedure, then extraction may be the safest option for your long-term oral health.
An infection in one tooth can spread to other teeth if it isn’t treated properly. In some cases, removing the tooth is the best way to end the infection.
3. You Might Need To Replace A Tooth
Oral surgery isn’t just about removing things from your mouth. When we remove a tooth or you lose a tooth, it’s better to replace it with something else.
If you lose a tooth, you are likely to begin experiencing bone loss in that part of your mouth. Without something to stimulate new growth, the bone loss will continue and could threaten neighboring teeth.
Dental implants are the perfect solution to this problem. Implants are placed directly into your jaw. Once there, they stimulate the bone like to the roots of your missing teeth once did.
As the bone grows, it bonds to your dental implants and holds them securely in place.
This is why dental crowns, dental bridges, and full dentures can be placed on dental implants to restore the appearance of a full set of teeth.
This also provides a solid foundation to restore the implant recipients bite force as well. That allows people with implants to eat the same foods they could when they had all their teeth.
4. You May Need To Add Some Bone
Remember when we said losing a tooth can lead to bone loss? Well, you need a certain amount of bone to support a dental implant, too.
If you’ve lost too much bone, we can fix that with a bone graft. During this procedure, a section of bone is removed from one part of your mouth and added to the area that needs more bone.
After the transplanted bone bonds in place, a dentist can place a dental implant for a patient who otherwise would not have been able to receive one.
You Won’t Feel A Thing
We know that the thought of someone performing surgery, much less surgery on your mouth, is not anything you want to think about.
But you won’t need to worry if you come to Hubbard & Leath Dental. We provide sedation dentistry for our patients.
Sedation provides two benefits. First, it will take away your anxiety about the procedure. Second, it will put you in a relaxed state so you won’t feel anything and likely won’t remember any of the procedure.
But You Will Get The Benefits
We don’t recommend oral surgery just to do it. Oral surgeries are only performed when needed and when they will provide a clear benefit for patients at our dentist office in Rochester Hills.