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.
At InDental Gateshead we have a dedicated specialist oral surgeon who visits the practice every month to carry out various oral surgical procedures.
Unequal jaw growth may also require oral surgery as this can cause difficulty in speaking, eating, swallowing, and even breathing. While some of these problems — like improper teeth alignment — can be corrected with braces and other orthodontic appliances, more serious problems require oral surgery to move all or part of the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both into a new position that is more balanced, functional, and healthy
For first-time denture wearers, oral surgery can be done to correct any irregularities of the jaws prior to creating the dentures to ensure a better fit. Oral surgery can also help long-term denture wearers. Supporting bone often deteriorates over time resulting in dentures that no longer fit properly. In severe cases, an oral surgeon can add a bone graft to areas where little bone remains
Dysfunction of the TMJ – Temporomandibular joint which is the the small joint in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet, is a common source of headache and facial pain. Most patients with TMJ disorders can be successfully treated with a combination of oral medications, physical therapy, and splints. However, joint surgery is an option for advanced cases and when the diagnosis indicates a specific problem in the joint.
If you require further information on Oral surgery please ask your dentist who can explain all the options that may be available to you.