Common Types of Oral Surgery

Good oral hygiene and dental care can prevent a range of health problems for your mouth, but there are times when surgery may still be necessary. There are several reasons why you may need to see an oral surgeon in Middletown. Some commonly performed oral surgeries include tooth extraction, bone grafting, and jaw surgery. oral - surgery

Tooth Extraction

Your adult teeth are intended to last your lifetime, but several situations may demand the removal of a tooth. Common reasons for tooth extraction include severe decay or damage to a tooth, to control or prevent an infection, to remove wisdom teeth, and to make more room for crowded teeth. Because your adult teeth do not grow back, your dentist will consider all options before going ahead with tooth extraction.

Bone Grafting

The size and strength of your jawbone play a crucial role in your oral health. Your jawbone is partially responsible for holding your teeth in place, and its deterioration can affect your dental structure and your candidacy for different restorative dental procedures. Injury, tooth extraction, tooth loss, and periodontal disease can all lead to a loss of jawbone. If you are considering dental implants or bridgework, then your oral surgeon may recommend bone grafting to create a more stable base for the restoration. This procedure typically involves removing bone tissue from one area of the body, or from a cadaver, and attaching it to the weakened area of the jawbone. As the surgical site heals, the graft integrates with the jawbone, strengthening and enlarging it.

Jaw Surgery

There are several reasons why your dentist may advise corrective jaw surgery, with the most common one being to create proper jaw alignment. A misaligned jaw can create health problems for an individual, but surgery can often provide a solution. Patients who undergo this procedure may experience a relief from sleep apnea, improved chewing and biting, better facial feature balance, reduced risk for TMJ, and correction of facial injuries and abnormalities.

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