What Are the Different Types of Oral Surgery?
Dental surgery refers to any surgery that is performed on a person’s dentition (teeth, bones, mouth and any other structures connected to the teeth). This article discusses some of the oral surgery procedures that Shreveport’s dentist may either perform or refer you to a specialist for the surgery.
Dental Implant Surgery
If you have lost one or more teeth, you may consider replacing those natural teeth with artificial ones which are supported by implants.
In that case, Dr. Ben Kacos will perform a surgical procedure through which a titanium rod will be placed in your jaw to act as the root of your replacement tooth. Once you heal from this surgery, an abutment will be placed on the titanium rod and the crown or visible part of the replacement tooth will be attached to this abutment.
Surgery to Solve Sleep Apnea
Oral surgery is usually one of the last treatment options that dentists in Shreveport recommend for people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. During this procedure, excess tissue is cut out of the back of the patient’s throat so that the interruptions to breathing while the person is sleeping can reduce or come to an end. Dr. Ben Kacos doesn’t recommend this invasive procedure until all other options have been explored and ruled out for a particular patient.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
The surgical removal of wisdom teeth is a procedure that Shreveport’s dentist performs on a regular basis. Many people have jaws that are too small to have ample space for an additional set of molars (the wisdom teeth). Consequently, these wisdom teeth are impacted and trigger a variety of other dental problems, such as causing the nearby teeth to shift from their perfectly aligned positions.
To forestall further problems, an emergency dentist in Shreveport may recommend oral surgery to remove the impacted wisdom tooth so that a patient’s dental health can be restored.
If you have an oral lesion that Dr. Ben Kacos is suspicious about, he may conduct oral surgery to remove a small sample of that lesion for further tests to be done and either rule out or confirm the presence of oral cancer.
You may need oral surgery if one or more of your teeth are fully or partially knocked out. Many times, the trauma that caused your teeth to be knocked also causes fractures in the bones surrounding the teeth.
Reconstructive oral surgery can fix such damage and ensure that your dental health is restored to what it was before the accident or trauma that caused the damage.
A fiberotomy is a surgical procedure through which gingival or gum tissue is removed from the vicinity of a tooth whose position has just been adjusted. For example, you may have been wearing braces to correct the alignment issues in your smile.
However, gingival tissue can grow close to one of the teeth which has just been moved and force that tooth to move back to the position from which it was adjusted. When your dentist in Shreveport, LA suspects this possibility, he or she may conduct a fiberotomy to avert the relapse of your tooth to an undesirable position.
We asked our friend, Dr. Chris Green, a dentist in Parker, CO, about what he thinks is the most common oral surgery procedure. Dr. Green says tooth extraction is a very popular request. You may also need to have one or more of your teeth extracted for a variety of reasons. For example, your tooth may have sustained so much damage during a road accident that it isn’t feasible to save it. Tooth decay could have also progressed so much that your natural tooth cannot be saved. In such situations, Dr. Ben Kacos will explain the different options, including tooth extraction, which are available to treat you, and the tooth will be extracted if that is the most viable solution.
Cleft Palate and Cleft Lip Repair
Cleft palates and cleft lips are birth defects in which portions of the mouth and nasal cavity don’t grow at the same rate. This results in a gap forming at the roof of the mouth or on one or both lips. An oral surgeon is one of the experts who can fix these defects surgically.
Treating Facial Infections
Dr. Ben Kacos or an oral surgeon may perform surgery to drain the facial tissues which have been infected. Specialists called maxillofacial surgeons are the specialists who perform the most complex surgical procedures to drain facial infections, so don’t be alarmed when a dentist in Shreveport LA refers you to this expert.
If your dentures no longer fit well, or you would like to undergo dental implant surgery, you’ll need to have sufficient bone tissue to have the procedure done. If Dr. Ben Kacos believes that you do not have the right amount of bone tissue to support the dental implants, then bone graft surgery may be necessary. The bone graft surgery will be taken from other parts of your body and place that tissue on your jaw to improve the chances of success when you undergo dental implant surgery.
Scared of undergoing dental surgery? Have no worry. Shreveport’s dentist, Dr. Ben Kacos, only recommends a surgical procedure when it’s absolutely necessary. These oral surgeries aren’t painful, thanks to the advances that have been made in sedation dentistry. Contact your local Shreveport dentist, Dr. Ben Kacos, to schedule a consultation.