Oral surgery can sound scary, especially if you are one of the millions of Americans who struggle with dental anxiety. While most dental problems can be treated with conservative, non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures, some issues may only be addressed through dental surgery.
Our dentist may recommend oral surgery if:
1. You have an impacted wisdom tooth.
Wisdom teeth and other teeth can become impacted if there is insufficient room in the jaw to accommodate them or if they are badly positioned. The tooth can become trapped in the jaw and gum tissue, and this can cause swelling, inflammation, pain and eventually infection. Surgery may be needed to remove the impacted tooth.
2. You have periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease can destroy the gum and bone tissue and cause tooth loss. Bone and soft tissue grafts can restore the lost tissue and stimulate your body to produce healthy new tissue.
3. You are a candidate for dental implants.
Implants are placed during a surgical procedure. They offer a permanent, attractive alternative to more conventional restorations, such as dental bridges or dentures.
Dental surgery can be performed under local anesthesia with or without dental sedation, depending on your needs. In some cases, general anesthesia may be recommended, though. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our oral surgeon in Long Beach.