The primary purpose of oral surgery is to correct any dental conditions that might be causing you acute pain and discomfort and bring about suitable cosmetic improvements.
What is Oral Surgery?
Oral and maxillofacial surgery involves operating on the teeth and jaws or other structures of the face. While the most standard oral surgery is tooth extraction, some oral surgeons also can treat conditions like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and cleft palate. Oral surgeries also include the repositioning of the jaw.
Common Types of Oral Surgery
Wisdom teeth are the last third molars in the jaw of an adult. These molars start to erupt between the ages of 17 to 25. They do not have any critical role in a human mouth and often do more damage than good. These teeth fail to erupt properly or get impacted when there is not enough space in the mouth. Therefore, to prevent the decay or jaw pain that they induce, these teeth are extracted, and the site is sutured to avoid excessive bleeding.
Root canal surgery is performed to remove the decayed part of the tooth, namely the infected pulp. The dental pulp consists of blood vessels, nerve endings, and tissues. When the harmful bacteria attack the pulp, it causes pain and swelling of the jaws. The removal of the infected pulp will eliminate the tooth pain and stop further tooth decay. The root canal is one of the dental surgery procedures that help to prevent a tooth’s extraction.
It is a time-consuming procedure that takes about two to six months to complete. This procedure involves the complete replacement of the decayed tooth. The surgeon will surgically place an implant in the jawbone and allow it to fuse with the surrounding tissues. Once the fusion is complete, the exposed implant is covered with a dental restoration such as a crown.
Reconstructive surgeries are usually performed when a patient has suffered facial injuries after being involved in an accident. Reconstruction becomes necessary when there is an injury to the soft tissue in the mouth, jawbone, and teeth. The main aim of reconstruction surgery is to repair the jaw bone and the bone structure.
A bone graft may be required if the patient does not have enough jawbone volume to undergo a dental implant. In such cases, Dr Askari may suggest bone graft surgery. During this surgery, healthy bone tissues will be removed from a different source and grafted to the jawbone. Over a few days of healing, the newly grafted tissues will fuse with the existing bone and refill its volume.
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