While dentists perform procedures such as cleanings, tooth fillings, and simple extractions, complex cases such as difficult impacted extractions, biopsies, wisdom teeth, and more require a higher level of expertise and experience. Our oral surgeons can perform various surgical procedures…all under the comfort of IV sedation.
Because complicated cases fall under the specialty of Oral Surgery, this branch of surgery is formally known as Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) which includes the oral, i.e. mouth, and the Maxillofacial, i.e. jaw and face, areas.
Conditions that Require Oral Surgery
Dentists and oral surgeons commonly work together to diagnose and treat dental conditions. In most cases, patients first see a dentist who would then conduct preliminary tests and request x-rays. If the condition falls under the specialty of oral surgery, the dentist will refer and team up with an oral surgeon to decide on a treatment plan.
The specialty of oral surgery encompasses dentistry, medicine, and surgery. The following conditions are commonly treated by an oral surgeon. Consult your dentist if you see symptoms of the following conditions:
One of the most common oral surgery procedures is an impacted tooth extraction, usually involving a wisdom tooth. Because the third molar comes out last, sometimes the direction of tooth growth is not in proper alignment with the rest of your teeth or there is not enough space for it to grow. When this happens, the tooth becomes trapped or ‘impacted’ between the jaw and the gums. The impacted tooth is trying to find its way out and is literally pushing all the other grown teeth to make way. This is a painful experience for patients as the condition leads to swelling of the gums and jaws as well as a possible gum infection. This condition can be resolved by surgically removing the tooth.
Patients that are missing a tooth or who prefer not to wear dentures can opt for dental implants subject to their dentist’s recommendations. This procedure involves drilling into the gum and placing an implant into the bone to support the crown. Dental implant procedures must be performed by an oral surgeon to ensure that the fixture is properly placed in the jaw bone.
Dental cysts may form inside the mouth, whether on the gums, the inside of the lips, or on the tongue. These are normally harmless and go away after some time; however, you should see your dentist if you feel that it is starting to become an annoyance. Your dentist can recommend to remove the fluid or refer you to an oral surgeon to have the cyst surgically removed. Both dentist and oral surgeon can also recommend further testing of the cyst or tumor for further diagnosis.
Other conditions that fall under the specialty of oral surgery include:
- Correction cleft lip and cleft palate
- Treatment of TMJ (Temporomandibular joint) disorders
- Facial asymmetry correction
- Jaw surgeries
- Surgical procedures to treat Sleep Apnea
Undergoing an oral surgery treatment depends on the severity and complexity of the condition and is up to the discretion of the attending dentist. At Aquario Dental, we have a team of dentists and oral surgeons who will devise the best possible treatment plan for patients.