When Would I Need Oral Surgery?
The idea of going under the knife is terrifying for most people. Generally, if you need to have surgery, it’s for an important reason involving your health.
The possibility of having surgery on your mouth may be one of the scariest things to think about. Yet sometimes those surgeries are necessary for our long-term well-being.
Having surgery on your mouth may be one of the scariest things to think about. Yet sometimes those surgeries are necessary for our long-term well-being.
If you should find yourself in need of oral surgery, the dentists at Hubbard and Leath Dental are more than prepared to do the job safely and efficiently and with concern for your comfort.
Should you find you need oral surgery Rochester Hills, Troy, or anywhere else in our area, please give us a call.
Reasons for oral surgery
We can’t get into every possible reason you may need oral surgery, but we will discuss some more common reasons, many of which are considered part of restorative dentistry.
– Jaw problems. People with jaw problems may have difficulty eating and chewing food. This may be the result of a misalignment of their jaw. That misalignment may be genetic, or it could be the result of an accident.
For someone with a TMJ disorder, we will first see if a mouthpiece or stint may be able to correct the problem. In more severe cases, however, surgery to reposition the jaw may be necessary.
– Impacted teeth. This is another relatively common issue. Impacted teeth don’t have enough room to emerge. This may leave them trapped between the gums and jawbone.
If these teeth remain impacted, they can damage nearby teeth, and they increase your risk of a gum tissue infection. Many people suffer from impacted teeth when their wisdom teeth start to come in, although this is not exclusively a problem with wisdom teeth.
– Tooth removal. If you have a tooth that has been severely damaged by decay or an accident, removal is sometimes the best option for your oral health. Leaving a decayed or otherwise weakened tooth can create opportunities for bigger problems.
– Tooth replacement. If you lose a tooth or have one removed, you should consider a dental implant to fill in the gap where the root of your tooth once was. Implants provide support to neighboring teeth and close an opening where an infection could do major damage to your jawbone and nearby teeth.
– Bone grafts. Sometimes your jawbone density may be lacking in one part of your mouth. A bone graft can give you the necessary structure if you need added support in that area (such as holding a dental implant in place).
You can lose bone density to deterioration as well. Too much deterioration can leave your teeth at risk of feeling loose or falling out.
– Tooth crowding. If your teeth are too close together, one option may be to remove a tooth to relieve the pressure on the surrounding teeth. For patients who want to straighten their teeth, removing a tooth to address crowding can make their treatment more effective.
These are some of the frequent reasons people undergo oral surgery. Some others include biopsies (to test lesions for the possibility of oral cancer), injuries to the face or jaw, and severe cases of sleep apnea in which non-surgical treatments are ineffective.
Preparing for your oral surgery
If you learn that you will need oral surgery, here are some ways to prepare for your restorative treatment.
Make sure you have arranged for transportation to and from the dentist’s office. This is essential because oral surgery will require a heavier form of sedation.
In many cases, you will need to fast before your surgery. Eight to 12 hours prior the surgery is a common fasting period. Most of the time, you should take any medications you would normally take, however.
After your surgery, you will need time to recover. This means resting for a few days after your surgery and avoiding exercise or heavy lifting. Depending on the type of procedure, you could need weeks or months to fully recover. Regardless, don’t jeopardize your recovery by straining yourself unnecessarily.
More than anything, follow the instructions given by your dental surgeon. This will include what you should do and what foods to avoid during your recovery.
Caring for you
Our dental team is constantly looking to improve its training and knowledge to provide you the best care available. This includes providing for your comfort should you need oral surgery and doing what we can to minimize your pain after it’s over.
If you are concerned about an issue with your teeth or oral health, please set up a time for an evaluation at Hubbard and Leath Dental in Rochester Hills. You can call us at 248.266.2528 or use our online form to make an appointment.