Understand What Surgery Could Do for Your Smile
It would be wonderful if no one ever needed oral surgery. In reality, many times it is necessary to get rid of or to prevent problems.
While there are times when you need a specialist for some procedures, we can handle many of them at our offices in St. Clair Shores and Rochester Hills, MI. Our focus today will be explaining different kinds of dental surgery and why you or someone you care about might need these treatments.
To find out if surgery could help your oral health, schedule a consultation with one of our doctors. Contact Hillstream Dental online to request an appointment with us.
Types of Oral Surgery
How do you know if you need oral surgery? One important way is to make regular dental checkups a part of your oral care routine. During your visits, we’ll be looking for changes in your smile or other issues that could indicate problems.
The good news is that most oral health issues can be treated without surgical treatment. We’ll only recommend this treatment when it’s the best solution for your particular issue.
With that in mind, here’s a short overview of some common procedures:
- Bone Grafts — Before you get dental implants, it’s important to have enough bone to support them. Unfortunately, bone loss can occur as a result of tooth loss (the problem you’re trying to fix by getting implants) and gum disease. It’s also possible you could have limited bone tissue because of your specific anatomy.
Regardless of the reason for your low bone tissue, a bone graft is a procedure to build up your jaw so you can support the implants that you want.
- Tooth Extractions — The idea of having your teeth pulled may have you concerned. It shouldn’t. When we recommend removing a tooth it’s because it will be beneficial for you in some way.
For a patient with an infected tooth, removing a tooth can end pain you may be having. It also can stop the problem from spreading to other parts of your mouth. If you do need a tooth taken out for this reason, we would also recommend replacing it as soon as you are able.
For patients interested in having straighter teeth, taking out a tooth can make your treatment with braces or clear aligners much easier and more efficient.
- Wisdom Tooth Extractions — This is one of the most common procedures in dental care. This is because a majority of people do not have jaws large enough for wisdom teeth to erupt correctly. These teeth typically try to come in during when people are in their late teens or early 20s.
If we notice (during your regular exams) that your teeth could become impacted, we’ll let you know as early as possible. We would rather schedule your extractions before you start feeling pain than because you can’t stand the pain any longer.
Oral surgery is a source of dental anxiety for many patients. We understand why. We also know that we can address your concerns with our sedation options. You can rest assured that we’ll do everything we can to make your surgery as pain-free and worry-free as it can be.