Oral surgeries would be necessary when the patient suffers from conditions such as cavities, gum diseases, impacted teeth, external injury to the teeth, bone deterioration, etc. We, at Prescott Family Dentistry, specialize in all types of oral surgeries. Dr. Prescott has carried out several oral surgeries in the past and is one of the best dentists when it comes to them.
What are the different types of oral surgeries?
- Tooth extractions: Extractions are the most commonly performed type of oral surgery. Teeth extractions may be necessary when the patient develops oral infections, cavities, tumors or cysts, sustains an external injury to the mouth, gets dental braces, etc. The dentist administers local anesthesia to numb the teeth and surrounding gums. The tooth to be extracted would be gripped firmly using forceps, shaken and extracted in one go. There would be no pain whatsoever, and the patient would only feel a little pressure when the tooth is being pulled off.
- Impacted tooth extractions: Impacted teeth are the ones that do not emerge fully and get ‘stuck’ in between the gums and jawbone. They can be very painful and may also lead to the formation of a cyst, which is why it is best to get them extracted.
- Oral injuries: When the patient suffers an injury to the face or mouth, it may result in chipped, broken or cracked teeth. They may also sustain injuries to the gums, tongue and the soft inner lining of the mouth. We are perfectly trained and experienced to handle such emergency oral surgeries with great precision.
- Gum surgery: Gum grafting is a process of extracting healthy tissues from a different part of the mouth and grafting it to the area of gum recession. Sometimes, in the case of periodontal infection, unhealthy and decayed tissues may have to be extracted and replaced with healthy tissues.
- Bone grafting: Extracting a tooth could take away a small amount of jawbone with it. When the jawbone isn’t strong enough, it could lead to continued jawbone deterioration. In such cases, a bone graft may be necessary to restore the jawbone back to its original shape, thickness, and length. Bone graft surgeries are usually performed while getting dental implants.
- Cleft lip surgery: A cleft lip occurs when a few portions of the upper lip and the nasal passage experience troubled growth during the fetal development. It can cause a split lip or a gap in the upper part of the mouth, thereby completely ruining the appearance of the child. This issue can be corrected by a series of surgical procedures.
Call us at (803) 306-7567 or schedule an appointment to learn more about oral surgeries.