When is Oral Surgery Necessary?

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No patient enjoys the idea of surgery, and our staff certainly does not want our patients to undergo invasive treatments. Unfortunately, there are times when, despite our best efforts, oral surgery is necessary.

There are several reasons why our Van Nuys dentist recommends surgery for patients. The most common causes include:

• Impacted Wisdom Teeth-
The third molars, often called wisdom teeth because they erupt around the age of 18, are a prevalent reason for oral surgery. Occasionally, there will be room for the third molars in a patient’s jaw. Frequently, there is no room for these teeth, and they become trapped or impacted and require surgical removal. If a dentist does not remove the impacted teeth, then the patient experiences extreme pain and swelling. If left untreated long enough, the third molars will push the other molars out of place or possibly become infected.

• Tooth Loss-
When one or more teeth are missing, regardless of the reason, the patient is at risk for bone loss. Bone loss happens because the body senses the empty tooth socket and believes there is no reason to maintain that section of the jaw bone. With the advent of dental implant surgery, bone loss is reversible. The oral surgeon inserts a small titanium screw into the empty tooth socket. After several months, the body accepts the screw, and there is a permanent fusion. Once the implant is secure, you receive a specially designed crown to fit on the screw and replace the missing tooth.

• Temporomandibular Joint Disorders-
Problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) cause patients extreme pain and misery in the form of a headache, facial pain, ear pain, difficulty chewing, and sleep disturbance. Often these symptoms are managed with pain medication and physical therapy. Occasionally, extreme symptoms warrant oral surgery to repair the joint.

• Other conditions- There are many more reasons our oral surgeon in Van Nuys recommends oral surgery to a patient. Problems such as facial injuries, cleft-palate, biopsy, abnormal jaw growth, and facial infections all may require oral surgery.

If you believe you are experiencing any of the problems seen above, please contact our office for an appointment right away.

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Is Oral Surgery Required for Treating Periodontal Disease?

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There are two types of gum disease. Gingivitis, the term most are more familiar with, refers to mild gum disease. The second type, periodontitis, is more severe. Periodontitis occurs when bacteria and other particles form in the mouth, which results in gum-damaging plaque when not brushed away. Fortunately, periodontists have a few different ways of eliminating this disease, and may need to resort to surgery.

At home

The main goal of gum disease treatment is to control the infection. Any ways your Los Angeles periodontist employs in office is best supplemented by care at home. Regular and attentive brushing is necessary, and you will be required to eliminate any related bad habits, such as smoking.

Deep cleaning

A scaling and root planning is a common procedure used to restore the health and integrity of the gums. Scaling involves removing tartar above and below the gum line, while root planing gets rid of rough spots on the roots of the tooth where germs collect. This process may require a laser. The result is less bleeding, swelling, and discomfort.

Anti-inflammatory medications may also be prescribed at this time to reduce infection. If these previously described tactics are unsuccessful, your oral surgeon in Los Angeles may recommend a flap surgery or a bone and tissue graft.