Finding out you require oral surgery may send you into a state of imagining a long procedure and recovery period and having to undergo general anesthesia. Luckily, oral surgery rarely requires any of those things and usually takes place right in your dentist’s office. Find out more about oral surgery and when it is necessary with Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma at Frederick Dental Group in Frederick, MD.
When is oral surgery necessary?
Since it encompasses many procedures, someone may need oral surgery for any number of reasons. Some of the most common oral surgeries include:
- Dental Implants: Dental implants replace a missing tooth and its root to fill in the gaps in your smile and prevent the side effects of missing teeth such as bone atrophy. Implants are the most permanent and effective tooth replacement option, lasting a lifetime with the proper care and replacing one, many or all of your teeth. Implants require a surgical procedure to place the implant’s fixture, a small, titanium post, into the jawbone below the gumline.
- Tooth Extraction: An extraction is often an option when more conservative procedures like dental crowns fail. Extractions often times do not require oral surgery though it may become necessary if the tooth is broken or impacted and your dentist cannot remove it in one piece. Then, your Frederick dentist will need to operate to remove the tooth completely.
- TMD Surgery: TMD occurs when the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, located at each side of the jaw, becomes inflamed and irritated. When conservative measures fail to treat symptoms of TMD, oral surgery to correctly realign the joint and help relieve pain and inflammation.
- Jaw Surgery: Corrective jaw surgery becomes necessary if a person’s malocclusion, or bad bite, is so severe that orthodontic care cannot repair the problem. This procedure helps the jaw become more functional, making chewing and eating easier.
If you think you could benefit from an oral surgery procedure, you can talk to you dentist to ensure this course of treatment is the best for you. For more information on oral surgery, please contact Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma at Frederick Dental Group in Frederick, MD. Call (301) 624-1001 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!