Types of Oral Surgery
Some of the most common types of oral surgeries are:
- Extractions: When a tooth is so severely decayed, it may need to be removed. A restoration can be used to restore the function of this tooth with a dental crown or dental implant.
- Dental implants: Dental implants are tooth replacements for missing teeth that an oral surgeon can perform. These screw-like posts are surgically placed into the jawbone. A healing process known as osseointegration occurs where the implant fuses with the bone to create a stable support.
- TMJ Surgery: The temporomandibular joint is a joint in the front of the ear that allows the lower jaw to move. When a patient suffers from earaches, headaches, jaw pain or limited mobility to open and close the mouth, they may have TMD (temporomandibular disorder). At Hilltop Dental, we can treat TMD with oral surgery when non-surgical treatment is unsuccessful. We can repair damaged tissue or implant new bone with arthroscopy.
- Wisdom Tooth Extraction: There are many reasons why someone may need their wisdom teeth removed. Impacted wisdom teeth are among one of the biggest reasons. This occurs when there isn’t enough room for the tooth to erupt. This can lead to pain and even infection in severe cases. For patients with cavities or gum disease, it can be hard to reach wisdom teeth far back into the mouth which makes it advisable for them to be removed. Sometimes these teeth also erupt at the wrong angle and press on other teeth or simply your mouth isn’t big enough to accommodate them. Whatever the case, our professional oral surgeon can remove wisdom teeth in our office with ease.
How wisdom tooth extraction works
Once a patient is numb, we open the gum tissue near the extraction site. If any bone is blocking the tooth root, it will be removed. If the tooth is severely impacted, it may be removed in pieces. The site of the removed tooth is thoroughly cleaned before any stitches (if applicable) are applied. Gauze is placed over the extraction site to help control bleeding and to promote a blood clot to form for proper healing.
Learn more about oral surgery options
If tooth pain is affecting your health and causing you regular pain or discomfort, our professional dental team at Hilltop Dental can help determine whether or not you require an oral surgery. We use only the latest in diagnostic dental procedures to evaluate and determine the source of your tooth pain at our California office. Save your smile and oral health today by making an appointment by calling 818-303-2241.