If you need one or more teeth extracted — whether it’s wisdom teeth, decay, or simply to relieve crowding — you can see Dr. Kashyap Patel at Smile Loft Branch Ave. in Camp Springs, Maryland. Dr. Patel also performs bone grafts and dental implants, all common oral surgery procedures that are periodically required. Call Smile Loft Branch Ave. today, or book an appointment online.
Any surgery that involves your mouth could be considered oral surgery, though at Smile Loft Branch Ave., the most frequent procedures are tooth extractions. Dr. Patel also performs dental implant surgery to serve as a base for tooth restorations. Long-time denture wearers may benefit from bone grafts to replace lost mass in the jawbone that creates changes in fit to denture plates over time.
One of the more common reasons for extraction is wisdom teeth removal. Though it’s possible that these third molars may develop properly, it’s usually not the case, so extracting these teeth can prevent a host of complications.
In most cases, there’s simply not enough room in your mouth for another set of molars. This may prevent your wisdom teeth from erupting out of the gum line. Called impaction, these wisdom teeth can become swollen and infected, causing pain and damage to surrounding teeth, and may lead to tumors or cysts that damage parts of the jaw.
Even without serious complications, wisdom teeth can cause crowding, which can create aches and pains as well as bite alignment problems.
When permanent teeth are lost for reasons other than planned extractions, surgically inserted implants are the best replacement alternative to natural teeth. Implants serve as a base for replacement crowns or as anchors for denture plates.
Typical implants resemble a screw, usually made of titanium, that’s surgically inserted into your jawbone. Over the healing period, this screw fuses with the bone surrounding it, creating a tightly knit structure that presents a strong and stable base for tooth restorations above the gum line. Implants prevent loss of mass that often follows the loss of a natural tooth’s root.
Bone in the jaw can deteriorate over time when few or no natural tooth roots remain. In severe cases, denture wearers may see advanced bone loss in the jaw, and grafts may be necessary where little bone remains.
Bone augmentation is also an oral surgery procedure used with dental implants to ensure there’s sufficient bone to support the implant, although contemporary implant procedures reduce the need for this technique.