5 Reasons You May Need Oral Surgery

oral surgeryYour dentist will stress the importance of brushing and flossing daily and having dental cleanings every six months. However, a healthy mouth is about more than preventing cavities from developing. You want your gums, jawbone, and teeth to all work together seamlessly so that you don’t experience pain, discomfort, or oral health problems. Compromised gums, painful jawbones, infected teeth, and missing teeth can all create a need for a visit to an oral surgeon.

1. Wisdom Teeth Removal

By the time wisdom teeth make their appearance in a person’s late teens or early 20s, they can cause a lot of problems. Whether wisdom teeth erupt, don’t erupt, or erupt only partially, most people do not have room in their gums and mouth to accommodate another four adult molars. If wisdom teeth removal does not take place at the right time, the teeth can damage already completed orthodontia or become infected. Even if you do have the space for wisdom teeth now, later in life they can cause facial pain and headaches.

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2. Sleep Apnea Correction

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. It is often easily corrected with an oral appliance provided by your dentist. However, in the most severe cases, corrective surgery may be needed. An oral surgeon will surgically remove soft tissues that are partially or completely blocking airways during sleep. The obstruction of airways reduces blood flow to the brain, awakening a person from sleep – often by gasping or choking – multiple times throughout each night. Sleep apnea can cause excessive sleepiness during the day, irritability, and even depression.

3. Dental Implants

Missing teeth are problematic. They can change the shape of your face, compromise the foundation of remaining teeth, and affect your speech. Not to mention, holes in your smile are unsightly and embarrassing. An oral surgeon places dental implants regularly, and this restorative dentistry solution is incredibly popular because it’s incredibly effective. Dental implants are surgically implanted in the jawbone to replace a missing tooth root. Once accepted into the jaw and healed, a prosthetic tooth is attached to the implant. The implants look and feel natural and work like natural teeth.

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4. Tooth Extraction

While it may seem like general tooth extraction doesn’t warrant a visit to an oral surgeon, there can be special circumstances that require such an appointment. Patients who have great anxiety about any sort of oral health care may prefer tooth extraction to be done while under sedation. Some patients may have overall health problems that require meticulous tooth removal by the hands of an experienced oral surgeon. And some situations, like a tooth or teeth that have been severely damaged by impact (a car accident or sports injury, for example) may need to be surgically removed.

5. Jaw Repair and Realignment

There are many reasons why jaw surgery could be necessary. An oral surgeon is able to correct unequal jaw growth, repair jaw misalignment, correct TMJ disorder, address jaw joint problems, and repair broken jaws after facial injuries. If your jaw is not in the right position, whether by birth or by an accident, it can lead to painful side effects, ineffective orthodontic treatment,

If your dentist has given you a referral for Dr. Will Thompson in Commerce, Michigan, you will be in the experienced hands of an exceptional oral and maxillofacial surgeon.


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