Oral Surgery Procedures
When you hear the word "surgery," you may automatically imagine a complicated procedure, but oral and maxillofacial surgery refers to a wide range of treatments -- everything from a simple tooth extraction to dental implants.
Oral surgery wisdom teeth is probably the most well-known type of dental surgery. When third molars, or wisdom teeth, come in sideways, are too large, become misaligned or may cause damage to surrounding teeth, one or all four may be extracted. If your dentist recommends oral surgery wisdom teeth, be sure to discuss your sedation options so you'll be as comfortable as possible.
Some other common types of oral maxillofacial surgery include:
Dental Implants -- Instead of traditional dentures, patients who have lost one or more teeth may have natural-looking dental implants permanently attached.
Cleft Lip/Palate -- A series of cleft palate treatments can help repair a split in a patient's outer lip or roof of the mouth.
Jaw Correction -- Problems with chewing, breathing or grinding teeth can often be fixed by repairing the jaw. Difficulty sleeping, swallowing or breathing may also be jaw-related and can be treated with oral surgery procedures.
Know Your Options
Talk to your dentist about any condition that may relate to you teeth and mouth, including oral surgery wisdom teeth. There are also possible oral surgery procedures for sleep apnea, TMD, facial injuries and cosmetic preferences as well as any pain or discomfort you may be feeling.
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