Taking A Closer Look At Dental Surgery

Over the course of a lifetime, every person undergoes some kind of dental surgery or the other. It is important not to ignore any dental problems that you might be suffering from. Tooth alignment issues, tooth decay, bleeding gums are all the starting symptoms of more complicated dental problems. Dental surgery has changed a great deal over the past decade and advances in the field have meant that most of the procedures are less invasive and the recovery period faster.

The routine procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening and dentures are carried out painlessly and quickly. If your dentist has recommended that you undergo surgery, ensure that you are well-informed about the procedure before you decide to undergo it. With some research you will find that most dental surgery procedures are simple and eventually give you that smile you always wanted.

What Are These Procedures?

There are times when oral health issues progress to a point where you suffer from problematic and painful symptoms. This is when the dentist might recommend dental surgery. Removing teeth, removing damaged gum tissue and realigning the jaws are some of the surgery procedures.

Some of these procedures are carried out for purely cosmetic reasons while others are carried out to rectify an oral problem and maintain dental hygiene. There are different kinds of dental surgery. Here are the most common ones:

  • Wisdom Teeth Removal– Wisdom teeth tend to be problematic. Most people experience that they come in crooked. In some cases, they are impacted just below the gum line. This can result in infections and it might damage the adjacent teeth as well. If they are the cause of some dental problems, surgery will be required to have them extracted.
  • Dental Extractions– Apart from wisdom teeth removal, dental surgeons might have to extract decaying teeth. This is because the tooth itself might be damaged too much. Sometimes, patients prefer extraction to repair.
  • Dentures– Older patients or those who have too many damaged teeth might opt for dentures. These could be part or full dentures.
  • Root Canals– If a tooth has got infected; the dentist removes the tooth pulp and the root canal. The tooth is then filled and a crowned. Only local anesthesia is required and all dentists perform this procedure.

Dental surgery involves any type of surgery dealing with the teeth and gums-it can include extraction (pulling teeth,) gum procedures, root canals and cosmetic surgery. In order to be qualified and trained to perform this type of surgery a dentist must go beyond the accredited dental school training and state licensing to get more specialized coursework and then be certified by a professional board in their particular specialty-like dental surgery or orthodontics. If you are considering this type of surgery, whether for cosmetic or health reasons, you should have a basic understanding of the procedures and what is involved.

Extraction–this type of surgery involves removing one or more teeth root and all. This surgery usually can be performed by a general practice dentist. It is usually done when a tooth is dead or rotten-but it can also be done when a person has “extra” or supernumerary teeth, or to remove baby teeth so that permanent teeth can come in. Another common reason for this type of dental surgery is for wisdom teeth extraction. When the wisdom teeth are showing through the gums it is usually a simpler procedure than if they are still under the gums and pushing into other teeth (impacted.)

Gum Repair and Surgery–sometimes the gums become infected with a disease such gingivitis and must be cleaned and repaired with dental surgery. At times the gums even grow over the teeth and must be cut back.

Tooth Replacement–When a tooth is knocked out in an injury or accident, it is sometimes possible to replace the tooth. If you experience this type of accident, quickly put the tooth on ice or in a glass of cold milk and take it to your dentist or dental surgeon. If the root is still alive, you may be able to save your tooth with dental surgery. Any time you hit a tooth and it is loose, you should have it looked at by a dentist to make sure that there is no root damage.

Cosmetic surgery–this type of dental surgery can be performed to remove gaps in teeth or to change the gum line. Your dentist can tell you if surgery or orthodontics would be a better option.

Preparation for Bridges or Prosthetics–when you are preparing to get partial or full dentures or simply a bridge, you may need dental surgery to prepare your gums and mouth for the implants or dentures. You may need to have teeth removed or gums shaped to allow the dentures to fit properly.

Any time you need dental surgery you should try to find the dentist with the proper qualifications to perform the surgery. If it is an emergency, contact your general practice dentist first to see if they can do it or if they have recommendations. If you are going to have cosmetic surgery, you can look around to see what is available.

Dee Jones