What is Oral Surgery?
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An oral surgeon is a dentist that has specialized education, training, and experience in the oral and maxillofacial area. Procedures they offer can be as simple as an extraction of a tooth or as complex as a full facial reconstruction.
Trusted in Lafayette, oral surgery is available through Dr. Curt Hayes of Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center.
Do I Need to See an Oral Surgeon for My Wisdom Teeth?
You may, if you have an impacted wisdom tooth (which means it hasn’t emerged through the bone and out of the gum tissue all the way.) This can cause swelling, pain, infection, bone loss, and other teeth beside it to decay.
Sometimes these third molars grow sideways, or the roots are close to the nerve, so your dentist may choose to refer you to a specialist. Don’t let this scare you. They just want to make sure you get the best possible care. It’s better that the general practitioner knows their limits, rather than trying to do a procedure they’re not comfortable with and complications occur.
But, we know telling you not to worry is easier said than done. Luckily, oral surgeons have the ability to provide you with different forms of anesthesia, including putting you to sleep. So, your nerves can easily be handled with the proper type of sedation!
Common Types of Oral Surgery
Placing Dental Implants
A dental implant replaces a missing tooth. When you have a tooth pulled, your oral surgeon can insert this artificial “root” within the bone, under the gum to serve as an anchor for a new crown or bridge.
In order to make some procedures, including implants, successful, you may require a bone graft. This means the specialist will insert small amounts of, sterile, medical grade bone within your jaw.
Repair a Jaw
Did you know that an improperly aligned jaw can cause chewing, speaking and breathing problems? Braces can help correct this issue, but an oral surgeon may also need to get involved.
Sleep Apnea (OSA)
There a few surgeries that can be done to help with sleeping problems. An overnight study will be needed in order to determine which is best for you.
Like OSA, there are a few non-surgical treatments for jaw joint pain. But, once it becomes an issue that can’t be prevented any other way, you should consider a more permanent procedure.
Corrective Face and Jaw Surgery
Malformations can occur from trauma or removal of cysts or tumors. Others are a result of development during pregnancy, such as a cleft lip or palate. An oral surgeon can help restore your face, mouth, and jaw.
One of the reasons it’s so important to visit your dentist twice a year is because they perform a full examination while you’re there. You may not realize they’re doing it, but one of the things they check for is oral cancer. If they see anything suspicious, they may refer you to get a biopsy done.
Dr. Curt Hayes works along with your dentist to make sure you’re properly taken care of. So if you live in the area of Lafayette, oral surgery is available to you right here in your hometown. Don’t wait any longer. Give us a call today!