The 4 Most Common Oral Surgeries
Dental issues are a common concern among different demographics. In fact, they are capable of interrupting your normal daily life to the extent that they restrict most of your day-to-day activities. Why is that? For starters, most oral concerns occur because they cause a great deal of pain. They can affect different parts of the mouth, such as a small part of the gum or the entire face (i.e., jaw) hurting.
Besides, did you know that almost two-thirds of the adult population in the United States made dental visits in early 2019? To dissect these numbers and find out the different procedures that were conducted, here are some of the most common oral surgeries that take place.
Common Oral Surgeries
Dental implants involve the replacement of natural teeth (or tooth) with artificial and specifically crafted teeth (or tooth). It is a prolonged oral surgery that requires many breaks. Thus, you end up making frequent visits until completion.
Your general dentist or orthodontist inserts a singular post (sometimes a full post) into the jawbone to act as plates for the replacement teeth (or tooth). Commonly, dental implants occur when visible teeth in the mouth are lost. Additionally, jaw bone structure and alignment benefit from dental implants. Consequently, after the dental implants (artificial teeth or tooth) affix onto the posts, you regain adequate chewing function.
You must be familiar with the wisdom teeth (or tooth) removal process, right? Stats suggest that this is a common nuisance for adults, especially those in the age group 17-20. Wisdom teeth are the third molars or the additional molars at the back of your mouth.
They provide extensive chewing power upon growth. In rare cases, they may not emerge at all. For a fact, after their emergence and growth, it is possible for them to wear down your back teeth. Simply, wisdom teeth removal becomes important when additional molars start misaligning the jawbone and crowd against other teeth.
Conversely, this oral surgery is a relatively common procedure, and patients recover within the span of a few days.
Normally, tooth extraction is among highly performed dental and oral surgeries. It generally involves the removal/ extraction of a certain tooth or teeth from your mouth. Essentially, your general dentist or orthodontist may use local anesthetics to sedate you during oral surgery.
Common causes for tooth extraction include deep decay, impacted tooth, chipped tooth, infections, gum diseases, jawbone deformity, etc. This oral surgery requires expertise and follow-ups with a cavity cleanse and sutures after tooth extraction.
Oral Bone Grafting
When the bone in your jaw isn’t sufficient, you may require an oral bone graft. What is a bone graft? To put in simple words, it is the addition of bone material from one part of the body (where there is ample bone tissue) to another (where there is a lack of ample bone tissue or support, e.g., jaw).
Occasionally, synthetic bone comes in handy, while a majority of orthodontists stick to simple bone extraction and insertion from one part of the body to another. For one, if a dental implant requires a steady and robust jawbone structure to hold the post, this oral surgery is ideal.
Are you wondering if your oral conditions will require such surgeries? Well, you shouldn’t wait to experience agonizing pain. Book your appointment today with the Oral & Facial Surgery Institute. Dr. Shawn B. Davis, DMD, is a compassionate, helpful, experienced, and highly skilled dental surgeon. Give us a call at (435) 220-2095 to set a schedule.