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!