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Oral surgery refers to an operation that is performed on your teeth, gums, mouth, or jaw. Board-certified surgeons are dentists focused on this specialty within the dentistry field.
Oral surgery procedures at Optimum Oral Surgery Group are carried out by board-certified oral surgeons to provide you with the safest care available and the best treatment outcomes.
What Is the Difference Between a Board Certified Dentist and Licenced Dentist?
All general dentists are licensed by a State Board of Examiners. However, dentists in areas such as oral surgery take additional training with a certifying board to become specialists.
Oral surgeons who are certified with a board are likely to be members of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS).
Do I Have to Go to Hospital to See an Oral Surgeon?
Oral surgery may be carried out in a dental practice or hospital setting. It is quite common for modern dental offices with a multidisciplinary team of specialists to have an oral surgeon on staff and many common procedures are carried out by oral surgeons every day in a dental office, so there is no need to be fearful of the term. In fact, many people don’t realize that some tooth extractions are considered to be surgical procedures.
What Treatments Do Oral Surgeons Perform?
Oral surgeons carry out a range of treatments. This can be anything from wisdom teeth extractions, dental implant placements, reconstructive surgery to the mouth, and diagnosing facial pain caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
Other procedures performed by oral surgeons include bone smoothing and shaping before placing prosthetics, socket preservation, preprosthetic surgery, and treating frenectomies.
Teeth extractions that are complex, for example, the tooth may be broken below the gum line, or wisdom tooth extractions - especially if the wisdom teeth are impacted, are often procedures that require the expertise of an oral surgeon for extraction.
Oral surgeons have a vast knowledge of the anatomy of the jawbone. Their expertise is second-to-none in the placement of dental implants into the bone and in the management of any complications that may arise.
Furthermore, if a patient has bone loss, another surgical procedure may be required to augment the bone to make it viable to receive a dental implant.
Examples of additional surgical procedures that may be required before placing dental implants include a sinus lift, ridge augmentation, or bone grafting.
A sinus lift is a procedure that uses a bone graft to restore bone mass in your upper jaw while also protecting your sinus cavities.
Socket preservation is a procedure performed following tooth extraction. The goal of this treatment is to fill in the empty socket left behind, preventing the risk of the surrounding bone collapsing into the empty space.
Ridge augmentation is a common dental procedure that recreates the natural contour of the gums and jawbone after a tooth extraction or tooth loss. Many times, once a tooth is removed or lost, the jawbone will start to recede and deteriorate.
This is where a ridge augmentation is done to restore bone that has been lost.
A bone graft is a surgical procedure that is performed to make dental implants possible. During the procedure, bone tissue harvested from another area of your own body or a donor is transplanted into the weak areas of your jaw.
Bone Smoothing and Shaping Before Placing Prosthetics
Bone smoothing and shaping before placing your dentures is called pre-prosthetic surgery.This is a surgical procedure that is designed to prepare your jaw for your new dentures.
When your jawbone is rough and uneven, it can interfere with the fit of your dentures. Bone smoothing and shaping, also called alveoplasty, is a procedure designed to eliminate these rough spots.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
If you are suffering from pain in the back of your mouth, you might have an impacted wisdom tooth. The difference between a regular wisdom tooth and an impacted one is that the impacted tooth is not coming in properly, or is stuck.
If you are looking for a solution to your problem, we here at Optimum Oral Surgery Group Group are here to give you the information and help that you need.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
If you are suffering from pain in the back of your mouth, you might have an impacted wisdom tooth.
The difference between a regular wisdom tooth and an impacted one is that the impacted tooth is not coming in properly, or is stuck. An impacted tooth can cause a lot of problems in your day to day life if it is not taken care of.
If you are looking for a solution to your problem, we here at Optimum Oral Surgery Group are here to give you the information and help that you need.
If you have an impacted tooth it is blocked from erupting fully, getting stuck in the socket. This is most often the case for upper canines.
Some people can have their impacted teeth pulled into their proper positions, while others will need those teeth extracted.
Exposure and Bracketing of Impacted Teeth
While impacted wisdom teeth can be extracted, your canines, and other teeth are important. Exposure bracketing can help these impacted teeth move into proper placement, improving your oral health and the quality of your smile.
Dental trauma is often the result of an accident, such as a car accident or a fall, or the result of a sports injury.
The severity of these injuries varies, and the type of treatment you need depends on the type, and severity, of the trauma.
No matter what the severity of the trauma, it is important that you seek treatment immediately.
Facial trauma is a term that refers to any type of injury that affects your face and mouth. These include injuries to soft tissues, injuries to your facial bones and jawbone, and dental injuries.
Minor and major reconstructive surgery to the facial bones, as well as the oral tissues, may be carried out by oral surgeons. These usually occur following dental trauma or facial trauma caused by an accident or following cancer treatments.
Oral surgeons also perform full mouth reconstructions and deal with issues surrounding dental emergencies.
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Orthognathic surgery is corrective surgery to the jaw. This could be to correct a misaligned bite (malocclusion) or to correct facial asymmetry.
The surgery can be quite complex, requiring the moving of the jaw and insertion of splints and pins to hold it in place until it has healed.
A reasonably common problem where there is pain or discomfort in the temporomandibular joint. This is where the jawbone and skull meet.
An oral surgeon will diagnose the cause of the problem, which could be due to teeth grinding (also known as bruxism), misaligned teeth, injury, arthritis, or even stress, and advise on the appropriate course of treatment.
This could be in conjunction with another specialist, such as an orthodontist.
Simply put, preprosthetic surgery is the preparation of your mouth for dentures.
A frenectomy helps to release a tongue or lip tie, enabling effective movement and proper oral development.
Whether a painful tooth or tooth damage If you have been faced with a dental emergency, taking proper care right away is important.
Treatment of Pathological Conditions
Oral surgeons may be required to evaluate and treat conditions of the mouth and face, including severe oral infections, cysts, or tumors. They can also help with any cancer treatments that may arise in patients.
Oral Evaluation and Screening Techniques Used by Our Oral Pathologists
For some diseases like oral cancer, early detection is the key to successful treatment. With regular dental visits, our oral pathologists can help you keep an eye out for any signs of a serious oral condition to enable timely treatment.
We recommend regular dental checkups for patients who may be more susceptible to oral problems, including seniors, people who smoke or drink alcohol excessively, and people with a history of pathologies like oral cancer, or oral HPV infection.
For oral cancer screenings, we use industry-best techniques and technologies such as visual examinations, Toluidine blue (T-Blue), and biopsies.
An oral biopsy is a more advanced screening technology that we use after other techniques like an oral examination and T-Blue application shows ominous results that need to be investigated further. It’s more invasive compared to the others as it requires the removal of tissue samples for examination under a microscope.
Remedies for Ailments Covered Under Oral Pathology
When detected early enough, we can treat oral cancer by surgically removing the affected tissues. More advanced procedures may be needed the further the cancer advances. Other, less-critical oral ailments can be cured with simpler treatments.
There’s no cure for “fever blisters” or cold sores, which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV), but we can help suppress the symptoms and deactivate the virus using medications, creams, and ointments.
For ailments like canker sores that of which their exact causes remain unknown, we can offer effective treatments that cure them within a few weeks. For ailments often associated with weaker immune systems like oral thrush (candidiasis), we prescribe antifungal medications that arrest the overgrowth of the Candida fungus.
We also prescribe highly effective medication for problems like dry mouth and soft tissue sores.
If you’re feeling pain, discomfort, swelling, and other symptoms of oral pathology, raise your chances of restoring your oral health successfully by reaching out to us as soon as possible.
Choose to have your oral surgery carried out by a board-certified oral surgeon at Optimum Oral Surgery Group for complete peace of mind. Contact our team by calling our office at (856) 437-4432 to schedule your appointment.