Oral surgery might be necessary to correct and repair certain issues related
to oral health. Although dentists sometimes perform surgeries, they may
recommend you to see an oral surgeon for more complex procedures.
An oral surgeon obtained more training than a dentist, spending at least
four years in a surgical program connected to a hospital. In addition
to their oral surgery diplomas, some oral surgeons also get medical degrees.
They receive training in general surgery, plastic surgery, emergency medicine,
anesthesiology, and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat).
When Might You Need Oral Surgery?
The following are several situations in which oral surgery may be required:
Impacted teeth – While it often occurs with wisdom teeth, it can happen in other
areas of your mouth as well.
Overbites and underbites – If your jaw or teeth are not properly aligned, your dentist may
recommend you to an oral surgeon, especially if your overbite or underbite
is excessive or you experience trouble chewing or swallowing.
Breathing and sleeping issues – If you a suffering from sleep apnea or a snoring condition, you
may opt for surgery if a CPAP machine or other device is not sufficient.
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems – If you have recurring jaw-joint issues, then you may need oral surgery.
Implants – A dental implant is used to replace missing teeth. The oral surgeon
inserts a titanium implant into your jaw, then a crown is attached by
Facial injury repair or infections – If you suffered an injury or illness which caused facial damage,
an oral surgeon can repair the problem.
Cancer treatment – Cancers in the mouth, head, and/or neck area can be treated by
If you are experiencing pain with your teeth, jaws, or gums, visit your
dentist as soon as possible. If it is an emergency, go directly to the
ER. However, your dentist can take care of most oral issues and recommend
an oral surgeon if necessary.
Request an appointment with our Austell dentist at Austell Dental Associates today.