What are the Most Common Oral Surgery Procedures?
The world of oral surgery is one that is often overlooked. For the most part, people have plenty of experience with a dentist and know what to expect when scheduling an appointment to have their teeth cleaned. However, some oral health issues cannot be fixed with a good scrubbing from a dentist. Some issues lie below the gums and require a more specialized touch in order to rectify the problem that has cropped up. In today’s post, we here at Ocoee Oral Surgery wanted to go over some of the most common oral surgery procedures to better educate our readers on the types of services that we offer on a daily basis to patients in the Cleveland area. Keep reading below to learn more!
Oral Surgery Covers a Broad Range of Services
Just like surgery procedures that are completed in a hospital, oral surgery covers a wide range of services. Patients come to us with a variety of issues and we do our best to make sure that once they leave our office, they are as satisfied as possible with the results of our work. Below, we have listed a few of the most common reasons that people seek us out.
- Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth are some of the most interesting teeth in the human mouth. For some people, wisdom teeth are never an issue. They either never develop or, if they do develop, they sit in the back of the mouth minding their own business and cause no harm. For others, wisdom teeth seem like a torturous holdover from ancestors who needed more teeth than we currently have room for. In these cases, the wisdom teeth are sometimes unable to fully come through the gums, leading to a lot of pain and potential damage to surrounding molars. To address this issue, we offer wisdom teeth extractions that are designed to alleviate the problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth and mitigate the amount of damage that occurs to surrounding teeth.
- Dental Implants: Dental implants are another service that we offer to our patients. Typically, dental implants are offered to patients who are missing teeth or have a tooth that is badly damaged and cannot be saved. This procedure involves the replacement of teeth with a surgically implanted metal post that a dental crown is then attached to. Once in place, the dental implant strengthens the surrounding jaw bone and, as an added bonus, looks exactly like a normal tooth.
- Tooth Extraction: Even though every effort is taken to make sure a tooth doesn’t need to be extracted, sometimes there is just no other option. Teeth extractions are the most common form of oral surgery and many people will have a tooth extracted in their lifetime.
- Jaw Issues: Sometimes the jaw needs a little help from a professional. Multiple haw related injuries, diseases, and abnormalities can call for an oral surgeon to intervene. If the jaw is not healthy, it can affect multiple aspects of a person’s health including the weakening of the teeth, pain related to the misalignment of the jaw, and even arthritis in the joints that connect the lower and upper jaw.
- Cancer Screening: Oral surgeons are often tasked with the job of identifying cancer through the form of biopsies. When a dentist has concerns about a tumor or has noticed precancerous signs in the mouth of a patient, they may recommend that such a biopsy be completed in order to determine if the issue is benign or not. During a biopsy, a portion of the patient’s tissue is removed and sent off for testing in a lab.
Thank you for taking the time to read our latest blog post on the most common types of oral surgery procedures. If you are experiencing any of the issues that we have listed above and are interested in learning more about how an oral surgeon can help you, please give us a call today at 423.479.144 or shoot us a message through our contact page. No matter your need, we are certain that the professionals at Ocoee Oral Surgery can help you.