WHAT IS ORAL SURGERY AND WHEN DO YOU NEED IT?
Oral Surgery Cheltenham
Oral surgery focuses on the diagnosis and surgical treatment of diseases, injuries and defects of both the hard and soft tissues of the mouth and teeth.
There are several types of oral surgery, including surgical procedures such as tooth extraction or root canal treatment.
Some oral surgeries involve the repositioning of the jaw or the removal of a tumour.
Common Types of Oral Surgery
Impacted teeth removal
If teeth don’t erupt from the gums like they’re supposed to, they can cause problems such as crowding, infections or diseased tissue. However, simple tooth extraction can fix this. Your Cheltenham dentists will keep track of your mouth and recommend if any misaligned or crowded teeth should be removed or fixed.
Wisdom teeth removal
Wisdom teeth are very commonly removed because is the jaw is not large enough to accommodate them. If they don’t grow properly, they can cause infections, swelling, and shifting of other teeth.
Improve the fit of dentures
Sometimes, dentures don’t fit well if a jaw has irregularities and is lacking support of the dentures. To help your dentures fit snugly, your Cheltenham dentists can correct these irregularities through bone grafts.
Dental Implants are tooth root replacements placed in the jawbone and are the modern standard for replacing one tooth, multiple teeth, or even all of your teeth. They’re the only tooth replacement option that fuses with your bone to create a stable, long-term, natural-looking solution.
Unequal jaw growth
If your jaw does not grow properly, it can cause difficulty eating, breathing, talking or swallowing. In more serious cases, oral surgery can create a jaw structure that’s more balanced and functional.
Cleft lip and cleft palate repair
A cleft palate is a congenital disability in which portions of the nasal cavity and mouth don’t grow together properly. This leads to a split or gap in the roof of the mouth and/or lip. Your Cheltenham dentists participate in the correction of these defects.
An infection in the face, neck or jaws may need drainage of the infected area and remove any teeth that may be causing the infection or affected by it.
Facial injury repair
Your Cheltenham dentists can perform surgery to repair broken facial bones and ensure that the break does not result in an infection or damage to the surrounding teeth.
If you experience severe snoring or sleep apnoea and other treatment methods have been ineffective, your Cheltenham dentists can perform surgery to correct these issues.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who will need oral surgery?
You might undergo oral surgery for:
- Facial pain or TMD
- Wisdom teeth problems
- Misaligned jaw
- Reconstructive surgery after an injury
- Cleft lip and palate
- Cancer in the face, jaw or neck
- Obstructive sleep apnoea
What will happen during my procedure?
How long is the recovery?
Wisdom teeth removal usually takes a few days to one week for the pain and swelling to subside. The gums can take up to 1 month to completely heal.
Your Cheltenham dentists will recommend a soft diet for a few days and provide recovery instructions, like how to deal with discomfort and swelling at home.
Dental implants also need some healing time, and this varies from patient to patient and procedure to procedure.