When is Oral Surgery Treatment Necessary?
Here are the top reasons why patients need extractions and other surgical procedures.
Left unattended, dental decay can quickly spread, killing the roots of your teeth and damaging the tooth, as well as the surrounding bone if you experience an active infection.
To alleviate your pain and prevent further damage, it may be necessary to remove the infected teeth. Dr. Omid will thoroughly discuss why an extraction is preferred over root canal treatment.
Periodontal (gum) disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. The disease is caused by bacteria that are attracted to the plaque that builds up on your teeth. If the plaque isn't removed, it not only continues to build up, but it also calcifies (tartar or calculus). Once you have tartar on your teeth or roots of your teeth, it is impossible to remove without special dental instruments.
Left untreated, the bacteria-laden plaque and tartar cause gum irritation and inflammation. Your gums will start to bleed. They'll be tender and red.
Gum disease is an active infection that damages the gingiva (gum) tissues, as well as the bone surrounding the teeth. Eventually, the gingiva and bone begin to recede, leaving less supporting structures to keep the teeth anchored in the mouth. They become loose and need to be extracted.
Injury or Accident
Certain injuries may require oral surgery in order to restore the appearance or function of your teeth, gums, or jawbone.
Other Health Issues
There are a variety of health issues that can indicate a need for oral surgery. If you are experiencing difficulty chewing, constant headaches, chronic sinus pain, or even sleep apnea, we may recommend surgery on or around your jaw to alleviate these symptoms.