Relieving dental pain and treating issues with oral surgery
Oral surgery is any medical procedure that is performed on the mouth, especially involving the teeth, gums or jaw. It’s a very common treatment at a dental practice as surgical treatment is needed for simple and complex extractions, placing implants and reconstructive treatment.
If a broken or decayed tooth cannot be repaired with a filling or other restorative treatment, it may have to be extracted. Tooth extraction involves removing the tooth from its socket in the bone.
While we will do all we can to save a tooth, it sometimes is the best course of action to remove the problem tooth in order to relieve any pain and prevent any infection spreading. Thanks to restorative dentistry, replacing teeth is more convenient and long-lasting than ever before.
Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to emerge, but if there is not sufficient space in the mouth, they may come through at an angle or fail to fully erupt. This can result in the tooth becoming ‘impacted’, which can cause swelling, pain and infection of the surrounding gum area. Removing impacted wisdom teeth is a very common procedure and relieves any issues caused by the teeth being impacted.
Dental implants are a long lasting solution to missing teeth and can also provide increased stability to a new or existing denture. They consist of tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone to act as substitute tooth roots. Once these metal posts have fused with the jawbone and healed, they are used as supports for replacement teeth.
Jaw related problems
Surgery can be a option for any jaw-related issues that are impacting your oral health. This can span across multiple issues, but an oral surgery will be able to treat the bone for issues such as:
- Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ) – the temporomandibular joint is located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. Joint surgery can help with disorders of this small joint which can commonly cause headaches and facial pain.
- Trauma to the jaw
- Malocclusion (an incorrect ‘bite’)
- Clenching or grinding of the teeth
- Improving the fit of dentures – surgery can be carried out to correct irregularities of the jaw so dentures will be a better fit.
- Difficulty chewing or eating, opening the mouth or talking
- Incorrect jaw position which may lead to an unbalanced facial appearance