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Oral surgery is a dental procedure that is focused on repairing damage to your teeth, jaw and even into your sinuses if necessary. Oral surgery is more involved than a routine teeth cleaning, and often requires some form of anesthesia, whether a local pain blocking medication or a general anesthesia that allows you to sleep until the procedure is completed.
When you think about surgery, images of hospitals may come to mind, but oral surgeries are procedures that can be done right in your dentist’s office.
Oral Surgery Procedures
- Extraction of teeth that are damaged or diseased
- Dental implants
- Jaw surgery to correction the position of the jaw for enhanced facial symmetry
- Correction of issues such as Underbite, Overbite, and Crossbite
- Jaw surgery to provide better alignment to enhance speaking and chewing abilities
- Relieving pain caused by Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, more commonly known as TMJ
Other, more common, oral surgeries include procedures such as root canals and extracting wisdom teeth.
Root Canal Surgery
The Root Canal is the space below the tooth, where soft tissues and nerves that provide support to the tooth reside. When the tissues become infected, your dentist may perform a surgery on the root canal to clean out the infection, often removing the soft tissue and nerves, and leaving the tooth intact.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
For many people, the last teeth to break through the gums – the wisdom teeth – do not have enough room to fully emerge. This can lead to discomfort and even pain and the space is more susceptible to infection. Removing the wisdom teeth resolves these problems.