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    Why might you need oral surgery?

    While many patients are familiar with going to the dentist for fillings, crowns or root canals, there are certain oral health issues that may warrant a more extensive surgical procedure. The complexity and severity of your case helps to determine whether or not your dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon. So, what exactly are the cases that may lead you to an oral surgeon’s office? While oral surgeons specialize in a number of complex procedures, here are the most common reasons why your dentist might refer you to one:

    • Wisdom teeth removal: Wisdom teeth can cause an array of problems if they haven’t properly erupted. Having them evaluated early – whether it’s by your dentist or an oral surgeon – is important for preventing those problems. Oftentimes they can become impacted, creating a more complex case. 
    • Tooth extractions: You might have had a tooth extracted at the dentist before, but more complex cases are often performed by oral surgeons. This is typically the case if the tooth has broken off at the gum line or has not fully erupted in the mouth. 
    • Dental implants: If you are missing one or more teeth due to injury, illness or gum disease, you might visit an oral surgeon for dental implants. Dental implants provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like natural teeth, allowing you to speak and eat with ease.
    • Dental/facial trauma treatment: Sports injuries or other accidents can sometimes result in trauma to the hard and soft tissues of the face and mouth. At OFS, our oral surgeons are specially trained to evaluate and manage these injuries, leading patients along the road to healing.
    • Bone grafting: Bone grafting is a procedure that stabilizes or replaces bone. You may require a bone grafting procedure as a result of tooth extraction, gum disease or other reasons. Because the bone helps to support the teeth and hold them in place, bone grafting can help provide a solid foundation for your existing teeth or strengthen a new dental implant.

    It’s always important to talk to your dentist when you’re experiencing any sort of dental concerns. This allows them to evaluate your situation and refer you to an oral surgeon if it’s necessary. When you schedule an appointment at any of our offices, you’ll receive a free consultation to ensure you fully understand your recommended treatment plan and the process it will follow.

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