There are several reasons why people undergo a dental surgery. There are also different types of dental surgeries like cosmetic dental surgeries for correcting the misalignment of the jaws or the dental implant surgeries. You might also have to undergo a dental surgery if your need to get a tooth removed. The dental surgeries are performed by a qualified oral surgeon. Extractions and root canal treatments also come under dental surgeries; these however can be conducted by a dentist in a clinic.
Here is a list of some of the different dental surgeries:
Specialized surgery: If the jaws are not aligned properly and you are undergoing orthodontic treatment then your dentist might recommend you to undergo an orthodontic surgery. This surgery is carried out by, a maxillofacial surgeon or an oral surgeon. This type of surgery is carried out by breaking the jaws and aligning them again. This can change the entire structure of the face and make your appearance different. It is not necessary that this surgery be done for cosmetic reason it can also help you improve the chewing, breathing and also speech problems.
Wisdom teeth: When the wisdom teeth get impacted in the gums you need to get the help of an oral surgeon. The wisdom teeth when impacted will try to push the other teeth making the mouth misaligned and crooked. This is especially true if the patient has undergone an orthodontic treatment. The gum needs to be cut and opened to remove the teeth. This is done under anesthesia. Once the teeth are removed the oral surgeon places stitches in the mouth. This surgery is usually performed on wisdom teeth but can also be carried out on the other teeth as well.
Dental extractions: Extraction involves removal of an ailing tooth. This is done usually with tooth that has decayed to an extent that cannot be repaired. Extraction is usually done on the request of the patient. Extraction is cheaper as compared to repairing of the decayed tooth. Patients might also opt for tooth extraction when they are planning to get dentures.
Root canal treatment: Root canal treatment is performed by a regular dentist. The process is carried under mild sedation or a local anesthesia. In this process the root canal and the pulp of the tooth are removed. The canal is then filled with gutta percha and a cap is placed on the tooth. Then, a permanent cap is placed on the tooth later on.
Dental surgeries can often be a cause of worry for many people. It is important that you talk to your dentist if you have any doubts or concerns about the surgery. You should also opt to get a second opinion so that you are sure that surgery is the only solution. Write down all your queries and ask your dentist before undergoing the process. Be calm and composed before your surgery, dental surgeries usually are not complicated and you are discharged from the hospital within a few hours unless the doctor asks you to be under observation.