Oral Surgery at Sierra Dental Health: Expert Treatment for Complicated Dental Problems
Sometimes, your health problems will need to be corrected with oral surgery. There’s a variety of reasons why you may need oral surgery, and they can range from cosmetic to serious oral health problems. Our team in Fontana, CA, is highly experienced in many different methods of oral surgery, and if oral surgery is necessary, we will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.
Common Conditions Corrected by Oral Surgery
The most common case of impacted teeth is caused by wisdom teeth. These teeth are sometimes referred to as third molars, and they are the last teeth to develop. Although it’s uncommon, sometimes your wisdom teeth will emerge from your gum line, and your jaw will have room for them. Most of the time, one or more of your wisdom teeth will fail to emerge in proper alignment, or they’ll not emerge from your gum line at all. If your wisdom teeth fail to emerge, they’ll become trapped or impacted between your jawbone and gum tissue. If impacted wisdom teeth are left untreated, they can cause swelling, pain, and infection of the gum tissue surrounding your wisdom teeth. They can also result in permanent damage to your nearby teeth, gums and bone, and they can lead to the formation of cysts or tumors that can cause permanent damage to your jaw.
Thus, if we diagnose you with impacted wisdom teeth, or your radiographs indicate that you’ll have impacted teeth, our dental team will strongly recommend that you have them removed with an oral surgery procedure. It’s less common, but other teeth, like cuspids and bicuspids, can become impacted and cause the same negative impacts as impacted wisdom teeth.
If you have missing teeth, or have lost teeth due to another dental problem, we can surgically install dental implants to help you regain your natural smile. Dental implants are titanium posts that act as artificial roots, and they fuse to your jawbone. They support artificial teeth, or crowns, that look just like your natural teeth.
If your upper and lower jaws do not grow properly, it may cause difficulty in eating, swallowing, speaking, or even breathing. Some of these problems can be corrected with orthodontics, but sometimes these conditions will require oral surgery to be corrected. If we recommend surgery, your affected jaw, or jaws, will be moved into the correct position during an oral surgery procedure.
When people have problems with the TMJ, they may suffer from headaches and facial pain. The TMJ is a small joint in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. Usually, this condition can be treated with physical therapy, splints, or medications. However, advanced cases will require oral surgery to be corrected.
There are many other conditions that can be treated with oral surgery. If you suspect an oral health problem, we strongly suggest that you make an appointment with us so that we can determine if anything is wrong. If we notice any potential issues, we will conduct a thorough examination, and if necessary, we will recommend a personalized treatment plan that may include oral surgery. You can give us a call, or make an appointment online, and we look forward to seeing you at our Fontana office.