Oral surgery covers a wide range of procedures, some of which include tooth extractions, dental implants, and bone grafting. This branch of dentistry focuses on treating and managing issues within the mouth, including disease and congenital defects.
At Serenity Dental, tooth extractions are one of the most common oral surgeries we perform on adults and children. These are often necessary when an infection is present or when a tooth is impacted or stuck in the gums and cannot break through the gum line on its own. Wisdom teeth are also commonly extracted to prevent overcrowding in the mouth. Dental implants are another standard procedure that falls under oral surgery.
Common Oral Surgery Procedures
Wisdom Teeth Removal
When wisdom teeth grow, they can become impacted or misaligned. If left untreated, this can lead to severe problems in the rest of the mouth, including infection and damage to surrounding teeth. During wisdom tooth removal, we remove one or more wisdom teeth causing issues and replace them with an implant.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that act as artificial teeth roots to support crowns, bridges, or dentures. They not only replace missing teeth but also prevent any shifting of the natural teeth surrounding the empty spaces.
Removing a tooth that has been causing pain is usually the first action when decay has damaged the tooth beyond restoration. Extracting teeth also prevents further complications if infections or gum disease are present.
If a tooth has been lost due to trauma or extraction, bone can deteriorate over time and cause changes in facial structure. A graft can help restore bone loss, so other treatments like dental implants can be performed.
The Advantages of Oral Surgery
A surgical operation can improve the appearance of your face, jaw, and other features that may be detracting from the overall appearance of your smile.
Patients with misaligned jaws or missing teeth could benefit from oral surgery that corrects these issues and improves their dental function and ability to speak clearly.
When patients experience issues like a cracked tooth, infected gums, or a cavity forming, an oral surgeon can perform the necessary procedure to fix the problem and prevent future oral health complications.
If you’re concerned about any oral health issues that may require oral surgery, contact Serenity Dental at 15701 East Sprague Ave. Suite F, Spokane Valley, WA 99037; or at 12 E Rowan Ave. Suite 4, Spokane, WA 99207. Please call (509) 919-1471 or (509) 483-2264 respectively to schedule an appointment at either location. Our team will be happy to answer your questions and help guide you through all your options regarding your oral health.