There are various oral surgery procedures that are meant to fix the functionality of the bite. However, many of these procedures are also focused on bringing a smile back to its former glory. Many patients who are in need of oral surgery procedures may experience decreased confidence and self-esteem, especially in social situations. When you do not feel good about your smile, it is hard to enjoy life sometimes.
Common oral surgery procedures
The following is a list of common oral surgery procedures which may be used to restore someone's smile.
Often, a tooth is just no longer viable in its place in the bite. When a tooth is badly decayed, damaged or worn, extraction is sometimes necessary. When a tooth is removed, it is wise to have it replaced right away as once a tooth is taken out, the other teeth may begin to start moving toward that space naturally.
Depending on the specific budget, needs and oral health of each patient, there are various tooth-replacement methods that can be utilized to restore the appearance of the smile. Dentures, fixed bridges and dental implants are just a few of the tooth-replacement methods we offer. Dental implants are by far the most effective method of tooth-replacement and can be used for those who have lost one tooth, several teeth or even all of their teeth. Restorations like dental crowns, full arches of permanent teeth or bridges can be used to complete the smile.
Impacted tooth exposure
Often, teeth can become impacted below the surface of the gums. This means that the teeth never fully emerge, and instead sit just below or above the gum line in an unnatural position. Through an oral surgery procedure known as exposing and bonding, an oral surgeon can bring that tooth out and into its correct position.
The small folds of tissue located in the mouth known as the frenulum (under the tongue, inside the lips and connecting the cheeks to the gums) often overdevelop and cause mobility issues in some individuals. Frenectomies loosen the connection of these folds of tissue, allowing for better movement and an easier smile.
For those who have lost teeth, it is common to have lost some bone density in the jaw, as well. When patients wait to replace teeth after losing one or having it extracted, the jawbone is no longer being used and may start to shrink away. Bone grafting not only allows for dental implants to be successful, but this procedure also supports the facial structure.
Gum recession happens to many adults and is a fairly straightforward problem to fix. Gum grafting includes the harvesting and stitching of healthy tissue (usually from the upper palate) to an area in the mouth where the gum recession has occurred. Although the teeth are arguably the most important part of the smile, the gums are a close second. There is no replacement for healthy-looking gums.
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