Oral surgery is a branch of dentistry that focuses on treating conditions, diseases, or injuries involving the teeth and jaw. Oral surgery involves surgical procedures performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons, who are dental specialists with advanced training in surgical techniques. At Dr. Nashed's office, oral surgery encompasses a wide range of procedures, including tooth extractions, dental implant placement, corrective jaw surgery, treatment of facial trauma, removal of oral pathologies, management of oral infections, treatment of TMJ disorders, and reconstructive surgery. These procedures improve oral health, restore oral function, enhance facial aesthetics, and alleviate pain or discomfort.
The Benefits of Oral Surgery
Improved Oral Health
Oral surgery can effectively treat dental conditions that may negatively impact oral health. Tooth extractions remove severely decayed or damaged teeth, preventing the spread of infection to surrounding teeth and gums. Removing impacted wisdom teeth can also prevent overcrowding, gum disease, and other oral health problems.
Corrected Jaw Alignment
Corrective jaw surgery can improve jaw alignment and correct skeletal irregularities. This procedure can enhance facial aesthetics, ensure proper bite alignment, and alleviate issues such as difficulty chewing, speaking, or breathing.
Treatment of Facial Trauma
Oral surgeons are skilled in treating facial injuries resulting from accidents or trauma. Surgery can repair fractured jaws, facial bones, and soft tissues, helping restore facial aesthetics and function while promoting proper healing.
Relief from Pain and Discomfort
Oral surgery can alleviate chronic orofacial pain caused by conditions like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders or impacted teeth. Surgical intervention can help realign the jaw, relieve pressure on nerves, and reduce pain and discomfort.
Types of Oral Surgery
Oral surgeons often perform tooth extractions, including wisdom tooth extraction, when a tooth is severely decayed, damaged, impacted, or causing crowding or orthodontic issues. They may also remove teeth to prepare for orthodontic treatment or make room for dentures or dental implants.
Oral surgeons are involved in placing dental implants, which are artificial tooth roots used to support replacement teeth. This surgical procedure consists of the insertion of titanium implants into the jawbone, followed by the placement of a crown, bridge, or denture on top of the implants.
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Oral surgeons perform corrective jaw surgery to address significant misalignments, congenital abnormalities, facial asymmetry, or TMJ disorders. This surgery aims to improve facial appearance, restore proper bite function, and enhance oral health.
Oral surgeons may perform bone grafting procedures when a patient lacks sufficient bone structure in the jaw to support dental implants. This involves taking bone from another part of the body or using synthetic bone graft materials to augment the bone in the jaw, providing a solid foundation for implant placement.
Oral surgery is critical in addressing complex dental and facial conditions requiring surgical intervention. For the best dental care, visit Orthodontist in Arcadia CA or Orthodontist in Long Beach, CA - Dr. Nashed's office at 4200 E Pacific Coast Highway Suite 100, Long Beach, CA 90804. You may also call us at (562) 498-5788.