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Dental oral surgeries are procedures that involve cutting, scraping, or otherwise altering the tissue in the mouth.
There are different types of dental oral surgeries performed depending on the type of problem being addressed.
Oral surgery is needed when the dentist or oral surgeon determines that traditional treatments and procedures will not work.
What is Oral Surgery?
Oral surgery is a specialty of dentistry that involves the surgical removal or manipulation of teeth, bone, and gums.
Oral surgeons are specially trained to perform procedures such as wisdom tooth removal, oral biopsies (removal of soft tissue), root canal therapy, and dental implant placement.
Like other forms of surgery, oral surgery has potential risks involved.
However, when performed by an experienced professional in a controlled environment with proper anesthesia and precautions taken to minimize risk factors, the chances for complications or permanent damage can be greatly reduced.
Types of Oral Surgery
Bone grafting is a common procedure that can be used to repair jawbone defects, treat gum recession and gum disease, or reconstruct the jaw. Bone grafts are often used in stages over a period of time.
For example, if you have lost all of your teeth due to gum disease or injury and you do not have enough natural tissue to support dental implants, your dentist may recommend obtaining a bone graft from another part of your mouth.
Bone grafting is also performed as part of other dental procedures, such as crown lengthening or placement.
For example, suppose you are missing several teeth on one side of your mouth but still have enough healthy gums remaining on that side to support dental implants.
In that case, it may be possible for your dentist to perform a bone graft before placing an implant in this area as well as any adjacent areas where there are missing teeth (for example: two adjacent implants).
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. A dentist or oral surgeon places them, and a superstructure (implant-supported crown) is attached to them.
The bone fuses with the implant, providing a solid foundation for replacement teeth. Implants can be used to support removable dentures or bridges or to anchor fixed dental crowns.
Guided Implant Surgery
Guided implant surgery is a procedure that uses an image-guided robot to place dental implants in the mouth. It is considered more accurate and less invasive than traditional implant surgery, which uses just a drill and forceps.
Guided implant surgery is performed by placing the patient under general anesthesia, which means they will be completely unconscious during the procedure.
Guided implant surgery has several benefits over traditional implant placement techniques:
|The accuracy of the placement of each tooth's new root can be improved because there are fewer errors related to human error or muscle movement during placement.
|The risk of damage or trauma to surrounding facial nerves and blood vessels is reduced because there are no unnecessary cuts made in delicate areas.
|Guided implant surgery can also reduce recovery time compared with traditional methods because this type of surgery does not require incisions on your face or neck area.
|Finally, guided implant surgery allows you more control over your comfort level throughout your entire treatment plan thanks to its use of local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia (which makes patients unconscious), which means there won't be any pain while undergoing this procedure.
Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
Cosmetic periodontal surgery aims to improve the appearance of the gums and teeth. The procedure can be performed by a periodontist specializing in gum disease. This type of oral surgery can be done in an office setting with local anesthesia or sedation.
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket. After your dentist or oral surgeon has extracted the tooth, they will clean and prepare it for placement during a dental implant.
The surgical procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation (where you're awake but relaxed) or general anesthesia (where you sleep through the procedure).
The type of tooth extraction will depend on several factors, including how much bone is present, how many teeth are being treated, whether all roots are present and if there are any complications involved in extracting each individual tooth.
Gum grafting is a dental procedure in which healthy tissue from the mouth, neck, or palate area is transplanted to an area of the mouth that has been severely damaged by periodontal disease.
The main goal of gum grafting is to remove the dead tissue that has caused infection and inflammation, then replace it with healthy tissue to promote healing.
A gum graft can be performed under local anesthesia so you can watch during the procedure, or it may require general anesthesia in order for you to be asleep during surgery.
It usually takes about an hour to perform a gum graft surgery, depending on how much treatment is needed for your particular case.
The recovery time will vary depending on how much of your tissue needs replacing during surgery; however, most people are able to return back home within 24 hours after having their gums repaired surgically.
Risks of Dental Oral Surgeries
Dental oral surgery is not without risks. Some patients are allergic to the anesthetic and may need to be sedated, which can increase their risk of complications.
Complications may include: airway obstruction (e.g., swelling in the throat), infection (endocarditis), or bleeding from blood vessels that supply blood to the brain or other organs. Though these risks are uncommon.
If you have a complex medical history, including diabetes or heart disease, it’s important that you tell your dentist about any medications you take.
A second opinion may also be helpful if there are questions about whether or not a particular procedure is safe for you based on these factors or others.
The risks of dental oral surgery are minimal, especially if you do your research and prepare ahead of time. The more you know about the procedure, the more comfortable you will be during the actual operation.
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