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Oral Surgery in Pacifica, CA

Oral surgery involves the removal of teeth and other minor surgical procedures. There are a number of conditions which may require oral surgery, including: Impacted Teeth Wisdom tooth removal is a common oral surgery that is done to remove these teeth, which are also called the third molars, in order to make room in the mouth for other teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth occur when one of these third molars fails to emerge in a proper alignment, and becomes impacted between the jaw bone and the tissue. Having impacted teeth can cause permanent damage to the teeth, gums and bone.

Tooth Loss
Dental implants are one of a few different kinds of oral surgery to repair or replace missing or damaged teeth, along with bridges and dentures. To be a candidate for this kind of oral surgery, you must have adequate bone level and density, must not be prone to infection, and must be willing to upkeep with good oral hygiene practices to ensure the health of your new teeth.

Jaw-Related Problems
There are several kinds of jaw-related problems that may require oral surgery, including unequal jaw growth, the need to improve the fit of dentures, or TMJ disorders (Temporomandibular joint disorders). Sometimes the upper and lower jaw may fail to grow properly, giving a person difficult with speaking, eating, swallowing and breathing correctly. More serious cases of this will require oral surgery to create a more balanced and healthy jaw. Oral surgery may also be needed for first-time denture wearers to adjust any irregularities in the jaw to ensure the best denture fit possible. Temporomandibular joint disorders occur when the small joint in front of the ear where the skull and jaw meet becomes a source of headaches and facial pain. To get rid of serious cases, oral surgery is necessary.