Oral surgery may be necessary for routine procedures such as tooth extraction as well as more complex challenges such as facial reconstruction.
You may be surprised by some of the many conditions that can be addressed with comprehensive treatment by a qualified oral surgeon.
Oral surgery is highly effective for treating any type of tooth impaction. For impacted wisdom teeth, extraction is usually the recommended approach. For impacted canines, treatment may require a team effort involving an orthodontist and dentist, as well as an oral surgeon.
An oral surgeon can fill gaps in your smile with dental implant surgery. Dental implants are structurally complete artificial teeth that replicate both the root and the crown structures. Implants are considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth.
Jawbone atrophy, or bone loss in the jaw, can be treated through bone graft surgery. Grafting may be required to prepare for dental implants, or an oral surgeon may recommend this procedure to prevent future tooth loss and facial fractures.
Unequal Jaw Growth
If the upper and lower jaws don’t develop at the same rate or aren’t properly aligned, it affects both function and appearance. A surgeon can correct irregularities by reconstructing and realigning one or both of the jaws. In many cases, patients undergo orthodontic treatment in conjunction with corrective jaw surgery.
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon may also be called upon for the treatment of facial injuries. Broken or knocked-out teeth, soft tissue injuries to the face and mouth and fractures involving the nose, cheekbone or jaw may all require oral surgery.
Cleft Lip and Palate
Congenital defects like cleft lip and palate are also commonly treated through oral surgery. A maxillofacial surgeon can connect the muscles and rearrange the soft tissues to eliminate the cleft, restoring mouth function and a more normal facial appearance.
For patients with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, surgery is typically only considered after other types of treatment have failed. However, if conservative treatment measures do not alleviate TMJ symptoms, oral surgery — including arthrocentesis, arthroscopy or arthroplasty — can be highly effective for providing relief.
People with sleep apnea usually manage the condition by using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device, and many wear dental appliances. When those can’t be tolerated, doctors may recommend oral surgery to remove excess soft tissue in the airway, implant rods into the soft palate or reposition the jaw.
In fact, many patients choose a surgical approach because it provides the only permanent resolution for this potentially dangerous condition.
For expert care in the greater Salt Lake City area, schedule a consultation at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah. Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield, our board-certified oral surgeons, are highly skilled practitioners with over a decade of experience successfully treating northern Utah patients for a variety of conditions.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, with locations in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan and Tooele, is committed to both compassionate care and state-of-the-art treatment. To meet with our professional team, contact us today and schedule an oral surgery consultation.