We all know someone who has gone through surgery. You may have undergone a surgery of your own.
You know that can be a scary experience, and it’s why you want to know that you or your loved one is in good hands.
At Atlanta West Dentistry, we take that responsibility seriously for all our patients in and near Marietta. If you may be considering surgery on your mouth, please give us a call.
Why people have oral surgery?
Oral surgery can serve an important role in helping you or someone you care for healthy. It would be great if our teeth always came in the way they are supposed to and no one ever had an accident. That’s not the world we live in, however.
Here are few examples of reasons you may need surgery on your mouth:
• Tooth loss — If you’ve already lost teeth as the result of poor dental hygiene or an accident, surgery may be necessary to restore your smile. One type of surgery we perform is the placement of a dental implant.
Dental implants are often made of titanium. They serve as a replacement for the root of your tooth, which means they must be place inside your jawbone. Once the implant is placed, you will need time to recover. Then, we can attach a crown, bridge, or dentures to give you back the appearance of a full set of teeth.
• Jaw problems — Unfortunately, everyone’s jaw isn’t always in the right position. This may create a variety of problems. Surgery isn’t always needed, but for some people it is the best or only option.
One example of this may be a TMJ disorder, which affects the temporomandibular joint that allows your jaw to open and close. This can be treated without surgery in most cases. However, surgery might be necessary for people with a serious problem in this joint.
If your jaw placement is an problem, you may need more than orthodontics to correct issues with your teeth. In cases like this, surgery may be required to move your jaw into a more functional position.
• Injuries — An automobile or sports-related accident are just two ways your jaw or teeth can be damaged. Depending on the severity of your injury, surgery could help repair fractured bones in your mouth.
• Cancer detection — Cancer is one of the scariest words in the English language. If you suspect you may have oral cancer, a biopsy may be necessary to test the tissue, or surgery may be needed to remove the growth entirely.
• Impacted teeth — When many people get their wisdom teeth, those teeth don’t always have enough room to grow. As a result, they may become impacted or put pressure on your existing teeth.
• Bone and gum grafts — Sometimes patients need a bone or gum graft before they can undergo another procedure, such as a dental implant. If you jawbone or your gums are too thin in the area where the implant will be placed, a graft can give added support in that area.
Removing your wisdom teeth is often the best way to protect the teeth you have and preserve the health of your mouth.
Our entire dental team is dedicated to providing quality, professional care for our patients. If you or someone you love does need dental surgery, you should know that our staff is highly trained and takes part in continuous education.
Our dentists are affiliated with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.
Our hope is that you will never need to worry about oral surgery, but if you do, you’ll know that your treatment and your comfort will be our top priority. Our surgery suite is located in a private area of our office with its own restroom and exit.
As part of our practice, we offer three types of sedation dentistry for our patients — nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. Your sedation will be administered by a trained professional to ensure it is done safely and effectively.
If you have a need for oral surgery, we welcome to make an appointment with our team at Atlanta West Dentistry. You can use our online form or call us at 770-744-4619 to send us a message. We will schedule your procedure at a time that works best with your schedule.