When Might You Need Dental Surgery?

Dental or oral surgery is usually performed in the following cases:

  • Impacted teeth: In this context, ‘impacted’ means ‘trapped’. It is quite common for wisdom teeth to get trapped between the gum tissue and jaw bone. This happens if the tooth has not erupted fully or it has misaligned because you jaw isn’t wide enough to accommodate the new tooth. Impacted teeth are painful, but more seriously, they can decay or contribute to gum disease over time. If more than one wisdom tooth is impacted, you will need dental surgery under local or general anesthesia, as determined by your San Marcos dentist.
  • Dental implants: Dentists recommend dental implants if you are missing one or more teeth, and are unable or unwilling to wear dentures. The implants will basically serve as the roots of missing teeth, and so need to be surgically placed in your jawbone. Your dentist will place titanium posts in your tooth sockets and then screw artificial teeth to these posts. The titanium in the implants fuses with your jawbone and provides support for your new teeth. But as your bone needs to heal before the artificial teeth can be screwed on, the process is usually a lengthy one, but worth the wait and investment.
  • Corrective jaw surgery: Issues and irregularities with jaw alignment and teeth will require surgical intervention. Corrective jaw surgery corrects problems with chewing, swallowing and speech, as well as restores facial symmetry, greatly enhancing your quality of life. Your dentist may work with your maxillofacial surgeon to determine a suitable treatment plan.

If you are living with dental issues that need surgery, talk to our San Marcos orthodontic specialists today.

North Coast Dental is a leading Dental Practice in San Marcos California. Our dentists use the latest techniques and technology to provide patients the very best in dental care. From dental hygiene, implants, cosmetic and oral surgery, we are able to treat a wide range of conditions. Visit your local dentist in San Marcos and enjoy better dental health.