Oral health is vital to your physical health and overall quality of life. While often underrated, oral issues like tooth decay and gum disease can affect oral comfort, smile, and diet and increase your risk of serious health issues like heart attacks and diabetes, greatly affecting your quality of life.
When dealing with oral issues, oral surgery may be necessary to restore your smile’s health, function, and aesthetics and improve your day-to-day life. This article explores several common oral surgery procedures, their risks and complications, and practical tips for a seamless recovery after surgery.
Oral surgery can involve various procedures for conditions and injuries affecting the teeth, gums, jawbone, and face. Common oral surgery procedures include:
Wisdom teeth are the back molars that often emerge in late adolescence or early adulthood. Sometimes wisdom teeth may not have enough room to erupt or develop normally, which can lead to infections, misalignments, pain and discomfort, and teeth damage of the adjacent teeth.
Tooth extraction is often necessary to remove the tooth and alleviate existing and future problems. Since the impacted wisdom teeth are often trapped below the gum line, the extraction procedure is complex, necessitating surgical intervention.
Losing one or more teeth can give unsightly gaps in your smile, making you feel embarrassed or self-conscious to smile or speak confidently. Teeth gaps can also affect your speech and bite function, lead to jawbone resorption, and increase your risk of oral infections.
Dental implants offer a natural, stable, long-lasting solution to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are surgically fixed into the jawbone to serve as artificial roots. They provide a strong foundation for the artificial tooth (crown, bridge, or denture). Once healed, dental implants look, feel, and function like your teeth, providing a functional, healthier, and beautiful smile.
If your dentists have identified abnormal tissues like benign cysts, cancer tumors, or infections, they can recommend oral surgery to remove and treat the affected areas. Early detection and treatment of these conditions improve your quality of life and prevent severe future complications.
Tooth loss and advanced gum disease are common causes of jawbone deterioration or weakening. Bone grafting involves adding new bone tissues to the weakened jawbone to stimulate new bone growth and development. Bone grafting may be particularly necessary when getting dental implants. It also supports facial muscles, giving you a healthier, youthful, and confident smile.
This surgery corrects minor and complex issues involving teeth and skeletal irregularities, such as misalignments. It can align your bite and improve chewing, speaking, aesthetics, self-confidence, and overall quality of life.
Like most surgical procedures, oral surgery comes with potential risks and complications like:
Use the tips below to minimize your risk of post-surgery side effects and complications:
Below are additional tips for a smooth oral surgery recovery:
Are you considering oral surgery? Or do you have untreated oral issues that lower your quality of life? Contact Sunridge Dental Clinic to book your consultation with our dentist near you.