Why Might I Need Oral Surgery?

There are a number of conditions that require oral surgery, some of which are cosmetic, some of which have to do with deeper oral (and general) health). Here are a few reasons why you might need to head to an oral surgeon:

To remove impacted or diseased teeth. Wisdom teeth are the most commonly impacted teeth, but any tooth can become impacted. Don’t know what “impacted” means? This is when a tooth never fully emerges and instead remains trapped between the gumline and the jawline. Impacted teeth can cause your gums to swell and can cause neighboring teeth to shift, undoing any orthodontic work and causing gaps and angling. Diseased teeth can lead to deeper problems within your body, such as heart disease. (The jury is out on why this is, but the research points to a common bacterial cause and to proteins associated with inflammation).

To repair facial trauma and perform reconstructive surgery. From broken jaw bones to severed nerves, a good oral surgeon will repair traumas and help a patient to regain better function. Surgeons will also help address issues present from birth, like cleft lip and cleft palate, and fix any damage left from the removal of cysts and tumors. The goal of such procedures is to ensure the bite is aligned, fix any painful irregularities, and improve appearance.

To replace or augment lost and damaged teeth. Oral surgeons regularly help to restore their patients’ smiles by inserting dental implants. This solution may help complete your smile and restore the function of damaged teeth.

At the very least, a great oral surgeon will help you feel more confident in your smile. At the most, an oral surgeon can change the way you look, feel, and navigate the world. You don’t have to live with pain. Contact DHG to book a consult with one of our world class oral surgeons today.