Conditions That Require Oral Surgery
By WESTLAKE PERIODONTICS, SCOTT D. SAZIMA, DDS
December 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

7 Conditions That Require Oral Surgery


Need oral surgery? Oral surgery is the branch of dentistry concerned with the surgical treatment of injuries, diseases, and deformities of the oral and maxillofacial region. Oral surgery has the potential to improve the quality of your life, as many types of conditions can be treated through it. Westlake Periodontics, located in Westlake, OH, offers a full range of surgical treatments for any issues that affect your teeth, mouth, and facial region. Here are several conditions that require oral surgery:

1. Tooth Loss

Dental implants are an option for people with missing teeth. Usually made of titanium, dental implants replace the roots of the missing teeth. Dental implants are inserted into the jawbone underneath your gums. Dental implants can restore your smile and improve your life. Dental implant surgery is best done by a trained dental practitioner.

2. Jaw Problems

Orthognathic surgery is a jaw surgery that realigns or straightens your jaw, and corrects any related skeletal deformities that you may have. Corrective jaw surgery can be completed on the upper or lower jaw and is generally safe when done by an experienced oral surgeon. 

3. Birth Defects

Cleft lip and palate are birth defects that occur when a baby’s mouth or lip do not form properly. Cleft lip and palate are thought to be caused by a combination of genes and other factors, such as what the mother drinks or eats during pregnancy and whether she takes certain medications. Surgical repair can improve the look and appearance of a child’s face and might also improve hearing, breathing, speech and language development. 

4. Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in which breathing stops and starts repeatedly throughout the night. If you have severe sleep apnea, your dentist may recommend oral surgery to open your airways and help you sleep better at night. Surgical treatment may also be recommended if you cannot tolerate CPAP devices and other non-surgical treatments. A variety of surgical options are available for the treatment of sleep apnea.

5. Infected Tooth 

A root canal is a procedure that is used to repair teeth that are infected or badly decayed. The symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal include tooth pain, a bump on your gum, tooth sensitivity, and swelling around the gums. Tooth extraction is not a good alternative to root canal therapy. Tooth removal will impair the appearance of your smile and reduce the functionality of your bite. Saving your tooth is always the best option. 

6. TMJ Syndrome

When the jaw joint is damaged or injured, it can lead to a disorder called temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. Symptoms of TMJ syndrome may include difficulty chewing, jaw pain, and clicking and locking of the jaw joint. A variety of surgical options are available for the treatment of TMJ syndrome, relieving jaw pain and fully restoring jaw function.

7. Impacted Teeth

Third molars, also called wisdom teeth, can become impacted between the gum tissue and jawbone. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in pain, swelling, and infection of the gum tissue. They can also cause damage to nearby gums, bone, and teeth. Therefore, dental practitioners recommend patients with impacted wisdom teeth have them surgically removed.

Call Today!

Whether your goal is getting back to work, the gym, hobbies, or just enjoying life, we can help. Call Westlake Periodontics today at (440) 835-4600 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scott Sazima in Westlake, OH. Get back on track by receiving the best treatment available. We want you to live your best possible life!

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