When you hear the words oral surgery, you may think of a hospital setting or general anesthesia or even one or more days in recovery from this type of dental procedure. You might be surprised to know what oral surgery is all about in dentistry. Many procedures done in a general dental office are considered oral surgery. Patients that require dental care are booked for dental surgery without the inconvenience of being put on a waiting list for treatment.t.

Tooth Extractions

The most recognized form of oral surgery is tooth extraction. Reasons for tooth extraction can range from:

  • Impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth
  • Teeth beyond repair either from tooth decay, root fracture, or trauma
  • Primary teeth that have failed to fall out, preventing the eruption of permanent teeth
  • Orthodontic treatment plans may require the removal of some teeth to achieve the optimum result

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic surgery (oral surgery), known as jaw surgery to most, is preformed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Common reasons for jaw surgery include:

  • TMJ or temporomandibular joint pain and dysfunction caused by an injury or deformation
  • Major or minor trauma
  • Malocclusion or incorrect bite
  • Clenching, or grinding of the teeth causing excessive tooth wear
  • Difficulty chewing, eating, opening and closing the mouth, or talking
  • Incorrect jaw position and unproportioned facial appearance

Your dentist Murrieta will refer you to see the oral surgeon if he/she feels your situation will benefit from a surgical treatment option.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are becoming an everyday procedure to replace missing teeth. It is also used to provide stability to a new or existing denture. Dentists or an oral surgeon can perform a dental implant. The procedure for placing a dental implant may vary depending on the technique used by the dentist or surgeon, and type of implant used. Most people that have had a dental implant report the recovery was similar to that of tooth extraction. They were able to return to regular eating within a week of the procedure.

Detection and Treatment of Diseases

Over 34, 000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer resulting in 8,000 deaths, in this year alone. Dr Bao is highly skilled when it comes to detecting oral cancer. Without regular dental exams, the signs of this devastating disease typically go unnoticed and are not identified. If your dentist discovers something suspicious in an area of the mouth, face, neck or jaw that may have an underlying problem, a biopsy may be performed. The biopsy will help correctly diagnose a possible condition. A biopsy is usually a surgical procedure that is used to remove a piece of tissue in an area of the body that is suspected of being diseased. You may be referred to an oral surgeon for the biopsy. In some cases this procedure may be performed by your general dentist. Oral surgery is commonly used to treat oral cancer. It may be used as a combination treatment with radiation therapy.