It’s OK. It isn’t as bad as it sounds. But sometimes, dental surgery or oral surgery is necessary. And at Brighton Dental in San Diego, we can make the process as simple and painless as possible.
Obviously, in many cases you can clearly feel and see what’s wrong in your mouth and what needs to be fixed. Other times, the severity of a problem isn’t all that noticeable without x-rays and other diagnostic tools. Whatever the case, for every dental problem, Dr. Paige Woods and our team has a solution.
But do you really need dental surgery? Here are 7 signs that, yes, you probably do need surgery:
- One or more loose teeth. This problem will only get worse over time. But in the hands of a skilled dentist like Dr. Woods, your loose tooth could be replaced with a dental implant – or perhaps there’s a chance of saving the natural tooth. The first priority, however, is assessing bone density and health and clearing up any infection.
- An impacted tooth. The most commonly impacted teeth are wisdom teeth, but others can be impacted too. Some of the symptoms are constant pain, swelling, a fever and visible signs of infection near the tooth. A partially erupted tooth is most susceptible to infection and decay. Many people need impacted wisdom teeth removed in their 20s, but some never need this procedure.
- Breathing or sleep concerns. Oral or dental surgery can sometimes help with sleep apnea and other breathing concerns. In some cases, it’s as simple as an oral surgeon removing some soft tissue near the lower jaw joint or elsewhere in your mouth. There are many kinds of dental and oral surgery that can improve sleep and breathing concerns – and we can help you make a smart choice for your specific case.
- Infections of the face. There are a number of facial infection types, and many of them have nothing to do with dentistry. But in some cases, dental surgery can help relieve or treat a facial infection – which can be life-threatening because of the proximity to the brain and other critical systems. Draining an infection can be done from inside the mouth in some cases – and tooth removal can help in dealing with extreme infections.
- Jaw misalignment and jaw pain. You may or may not be able to see an underbite, overbite or bad teeth alignment, but these issues can have long-term and painful consequences and make effective eating difficult. You could need surgery – or your problem could be corrected with braces. Only an orthodontic dental appointment can determine for sure what needs to be done, and Dr. Woods can provide the answers you need.
- A severe jaw condition like TMD. In severe cases of TMD, the small jaw joint located just in front of your ears can cause headaches and persistent facial pain. Medicine, physical therapy and other treatments may help – and jaw surgery may be required if the jaw can be proven to be the cause of the pain and discomfort. In any case, TMD needs medical or dental treatment so you can return to full function in life.
- One or more missing teeth. Even if you’ve had missing teeth for years, you can find a positive impact on your life as a whole when you consider new oral surgery procedures to restore missing teeth – including dental implants. Surgery could eliminate speech problems, gum problems and issues with surrounding teeth.
Learn more about this topic in the Dental Surgery section of our website. And contact us for your appointment. At Brighton Dental, we’re here to help – whether dental surgery is necessary or not.