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Everything You Need to Know About Dental Surgery

Most people don’t want to hear the words “dental surgery” used together when they have their routine checkups. Fortunately, the phrase often isn’t as ominous as it sounds and there are many options that could be available before surgery is the only solution. Below you’ll find a wealth of information about dental surgery. If you have any further questions, though, we at Creative Dental encourage you to give us a call so we can answer any specific inquiries you might have.

Common Dental Surgeries

There are some common dental surgeries that you’ve likely heard of and didn’t really consider them to be actual surgeries. For example, removing the wisdom teeth is considered by dental professionals to be a dental surgery. These “third molars” are often removed because there simply isn’t enough room in the jaw to make their presence comfortable. In addition, many people have a difficult time keeping their wisdom teeth clean because of their location.

Another common reason for dental surgery also involves the removing a tooth. Sometimes a tooth doesn’t erupt from the gums as they are designed to do. This can cause dental issues such as diseased tissues, crowding and infection.

If your dental health has been impacted, your dentist might recommend that you have dental surgery in an effort to address any issues. For example, if you are getting dentures, you might need to have bone graft surgery to improve their fit and support. Dental implants are a popular method of replacing a diseased or decayed tooth. Dental surgery is required to prepare the jawbone so that the dental implant can then be attached to it at a later date.

Regular Dental Care Reduces Need for Dental Surgeries

 

In many cases, the need for a dental surgery is something that can be prevented with regular dental care. Not only does visiting your dentist as recommended mean that this professional can ensure that your teeth are cleaned and healthy but any issues are discovered and addressed quickly.

Alternatives to Dental Surgery

If your dentist does find an issue of concern during your routine dental exam, surgery is not likely to be the first suggestion with a few exceptions. An accident or injury, for example, might require that you have dental surgery to address any issues. This is often the case for wisdom teeth as well since so many people have problems with them.

In other cases, though, your dentist might recommend other options such as filling a tooth, braces, a mouth guard and more. The exact recommendation by your dentist hinges on a number of factors such as the health of your entire mouth, the problem that your dentist is observing at that time and any issues — such as crooked or impacted teeth — that could be an issue at a later date.

At Creative Dental, we encourage you to get your recommended dental checkups in an effort to avoid surgery. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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what you need to know about tooth extraction

What You Need to Know About Tooth Extraction

You’re used to losing teeth as a child but what might come as a surprise is that sometimes you might need to lose one in adulthood as well. Even as an adult when you have your permanent teeth in, it might be necessary to have a tooth extraction. This dental procedure involves having your tooth pulled and could be necessary for some reasons.

Why You Might Need a Tooth Extraction

Below are a few of the reasons why the dental team at Creative Dental might recommend that you have a tooth extracted:

1. Your mouth is crowded

If you need orthodontic treatment, it might be recommended that one or more teeth be pulled to make more room in your mouth. This could be the case if your teeth are too large for your mouth and they are going to be too difficult to align unless more room is created.

If a particular tooth is not able to break through the gum because there isn’t enough room for it, your dental team might suggest pulling it. This is often the case when it comes to wisdom teeth. These third molars often tend to be overly large while the space they are trying to fill is smaller than the typical one found in your mouth. Opting for oral surgery before your wisdom teeth attempt to erupt fully could save you considerable pain.

2. Your tooth is damaged or decayed

If you have an accident or an injury and your tooth is damaged, it could be impossible to save. In this case, it might be better for your overall health to pull the tooth. Another reason is if your tooth is decayed to the pulp — which is the center of your tooth where the blood vessels and nerves are located. If this is the case, bacteria have an easy way to enter the pulp which, left untreated, could lead to an infection.

Sometimes, if it’s caught early enough, a root canal could be required. Antibiotics might also be prescribed. If these two tactics don’t work, though, it’s best to have the tooth extracted to stop the infection from spreading.

3. You have periodontal disease

Periodontal disease — which is the infection of the bones and tissues that support the tooth — can cause a tooth to loosen if it’s not addressed early enough. If this is the case, it might be recommended that you have the tooth or teeth extracted.

4. You’re at risk for infection

A person who has a compromised immune system, the possibility of having an infection in your tooth is likely going to be a reason to pull it. You might have a compromised immune system if you are going to have an organ transplant or if you are undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

In many cases, good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups can help prevent some of the more common reasons for tooth extraction. It may be time for you to schedule an appointment with Creative Dental.

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