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Conditions That Require Oral Surgery

Do you have impacted wisdom teeth? When these teeth do not follow the ideal alignment or fail to emerge fully because they’re trapped by the jawbone or gum tissue, it results in what is known as impaction.

Wisdom tooth impaction not only results in pain, swelling and infection of the surrounding gum tissues, it can also cause serious damage to the nearby teeth, bone and gums. In severe cases, it triggers the formation of tumors or cysts, which can damage the jaw. In many instances, dentists recommend surgical removal of impacted teeth.

Tooth loss is also another instance that may call for oral surgery. A popular option for replacing lost or missing teeth is dental implants.

Dental implants involve the surgical attachment of artificial teeth to the jawbone. Patients who have adequate bone density are ideal candidates for implants. To minimize susceptibility to infection, the patient who have undergone the dental implant procedure must practice good oral hygiene.

If you’re struggling with unequal jaw growth, you might want to consider oral surgery. This condition, if left untreated, can cause difficulty breathing, speaking and eating. Using orthodontic appliances, the improper jaw positioning can be remedied by shifting the jaw to a more balanced and functional spot.

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are a common cause of facial pain and headaches. Through oral surgery, accompanied by physical therapy and medication, TMJ disorders can be treated.