Understanding How You Can Benefit From Oral Surgery
Having any kind of surgery can be intimidating, and having oral surgery, in particular, can feel overwhelming. Those feelings are normal. We certainly understand why you may feel nervous if you learn that oral surgery is in your future.
We also want to make your experience as comfortable as possible. That’s why we hope you will come to our dentists in Rochester Hills, MI, for your procedure.
Keep in mind that we aren’t going to recommend oral surgery unless we believe that it is the best thing for your long-term oral health.
Contact Hubbard & Leath Dental if you have questions about oral surgery or to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. We can answer your questions and explain our approach to dental care.
With that in mind, here are some of the benefits you could receive as a result of an oral surgery.
Oral Surgery To Save Your Smile
Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common oral surgeries. It’s done often out of necessity to protect the teeth you already have.
Wisdom teeth are our third molars. Most people will start to get them in their late teens or early 20s, and a vast majority of people (between 75 and 85 percent, according to expert opinions) should have these teeth removed.
The problem is that most people don’t have jaws large enough for their wisdom teeth to erupt correctly. This can cause your teeth to become impacted, which means they remain below the gumline or they only partially emerge from your gums.
In both cases, this can cause problems.
Impacted wisdom teeth can push in your existing teeth. This can cause your teeth to become crowded or crooked. Impacted wisdom teeth can even damage the nerves near your jaw, which can be quite painful if the teeth aren’t removed in time.
Impacted wisdom teeth also can increase your risk for oral gum disease and tooth decay in the back of your mouth.
By allowing Dr. Hubbard or Dr. Leath to remove your wisdom teeth, you will be saving yourself from the pain and discomfort that can arise from those teeth trying to force their way into your mouth.
Oral Surgery To Prepare For Braces
Every year, we have many patients at Hubbard & Leath Dental who get braces or another treatment like ClearCorrect to straighten their smiles. Sometimes that’s a simple matter of starting the treatment.
And sometimes, we have to do some work to prepare your mouth for braces first. There may be a couple reasons for this.
First, some people have primary teeth that are, let’s say, more stubborn than others. If your primary teeth don’t fall out to make room for your permanent teeth, this can interfere with the work you are trying to do with your braces.
By removing primary teeth that have overstayed their welcome, you are making room for your permanent teeth to emerge. Then, you will be ready for your braces or other treatment.
Second, your jaw simply may not be big enough to fit all of your teeth. In order to give you a straight smile, you may have to remove some teeth so the ones that remain can be lined up neatly and evenly.
Oral Surgery To Rebuild Your Jaw
Getting dental implants is a discussion for another post, but there are times when patients need prep work before they can get dental implants.
Our dentists understand this. That is why an evaluation of your jaw is an essential part of any plans for dental implants.
When you lose teeth, you will start to lose mass in your jawbone as well. If you have lost too much bone mass, then you will need to build it back up before implants can be placed.
This bone restoration procedure is called a bone graft. This is done by transplanting bone tissue onto your jaw. As you heal, the transplanted bone and your existing bone grow together.
With time, you have a jaw that is strong enough to support your dental implants. When a bone graft is needed, it’s often done to provide a solid foundation to secure implant-supported dentures.
What Could Oral Surgery Do For You?
In all honesty, we hope you never need to have oral surgery. Nevertheless, our team at Hubbard & Leath Dental is ready, willing, and able to help.