Oral surgery refers to all those surgical procedures performed in or around one's mouth and jaw by a dental specialist trained to perform them. At All Smile Dental, our expert dentists perform oral and maxillofacial surgery, ranging from dental implants to wisdom tooth removal.
Types of Oral Surgeries
Wisdom Tooth Removal: Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to erupt, and they are located in the inner corners of the mouth. For some people, wisdom teeth develop as normal without causing any issues. However, for others, if there is not enough space for them to emerge, they can become trapped inside the gums and are called impacted teeth. An impacted or problematic wisdom tooth can lead to severe pain and oral infections, thus necessitating the need to remove them. The procedure is done by extracting the wisdom teeth through surgical incisions and suturing them up to help in the healing.
Dental implant placement: Surgery is needed to place a dental implant in the jawbone to act as a supporting structure for dental prosthetics. After numbing the oral tissues with anesthesia, the dentist will make a small hole in the jawbone, place the implant, and will secure it firmly using dental adhesives. Once the dental implant is fused with the jawbone, another surgery would be needed to place the abutment and dental crown.
Bone graft: A bone grafting surgery would be needed when a patient wants to get a dental implant but doesn't have sufficient jawbone density for the implant placement. The dentist will extract healthy bone tissues from a different source and graft them to the jawbone during the bone grafting procedure. Once the area is healed and the grafted tissues are fused with the existing bone, the jaw bone volume gets replenished, allowing for dental implant placement.
Root Canal: One of the most common types of dental surgery, a root canal procedure is usually the final treatment option to save an infected tooth from extraction and give the patient relief from pain and sensitivity. During a root canal procedure, the dentist eliminates the infected dental pulp that contains tissues, blood vessels, and nerve endings, thus saving the tooth.
Reconstructive Surgery: When accidents like sports injuries, falls, or any facial trauma occurs and cause damage to the teeth, soft tissues like gums, skin, lips, cheek, tongue, or fractures to the bone tissue in the mouth, severe pain, and bleeding might occur. In such cases, immediate treatment will be needed to stabilize the condition, and reconstructive surgery might be required to restore the teeth.
Gum graft: A gum graft surgery is performed when a patient has alarmingly receded gums. During the procedure, we take healthy tissues from the palate and graft them near the site of the receded gum line.
Do you want to know more about Oral Surgeries at All Smile Dental? Call our Dentist in Turlock, CA at (209) 668-3736 or Dentist in Modesto, CA at (209) 409-8839.