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Do I Need Oral Surgery?


Have you been feeling pain or soreness in your mouth lately? If so, don’t ignore it. Certain symptoms, if left untreated, could lead to the necessity of oral surgery. If you have a strong toothache, sore jaw, or if you lost a tooth, find out if you may need help from an oral surgeon.

What Is Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery is the removal of damaged teeth and minor surgical procedures. Depending on the severity of your teeth’s conditions, you may need to look into dental surgery procedures. However, before you schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon, discuss your symptoms with your general dentist first. He or she can evaluate your issues and decide whether or not you need to be referred to a surgeon. Here are some reasons people need various types of dental surgery:

Impacted teeth

One of the most common causes for oral surgery is those troublesome impacted Wisdom Teeth. Impacted teeth occur when a tooth comes through the gums for the first time but can’t come out completely because the area is crowded. Impacted teeth are most common with the Wisdom Teeth and can cause sore gums and infections when they are stuck between the bone and gum tissue.

Removing the impacted Wisdom Teeth, also known as third molars, creates more room for other teeth to grow in more comfortably in the mouth. This removal also helps prevent damage to other teeth, the gums, and the bone.

Tooth loss

Patients may also need oral surgery if they have experienced tooth loss. Teeth may become damaged beyond repair if they are not treated with special care. Often, patients who have lost a tooth or more turn to dental implants, bridges, and dentures to replace those missing teeth.

For a dentist to place dental implants, a patient must have an adequate bone level and density to accept the implant. They must also not be prone to infection and willing to maintain good oral hygiene to care for their new teeth. During a dental implants procedure, an oral surgeon will embed the implant into your jaw, and your dentist will attach a crown to protect it.

Jaw-related issues

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jaw to the skull. If it is not aligned properly or if there are other issues with this joint, it can cause issues like jaw popping, stiffness, and headaches. Patients may also experience jaw-related issues like unequal jaw growth, improperly fitted dentures, TMJ disorders, or a severe under or overbite.

Jaw issues like these may require oral surgery to fix. If they are not corrected, patients may experience a difficulty speaking, eating, swallowing, and breathing.

Oral Health with Cabrillo Family Dental Care

Our talented and experienced staff at Cabrillo Family Dental Care provide your family with services in oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry, preventative dentistry, and more. Contact us to learn more about our services and schedule an appointment today.