Oral Surgery: It’s More Common Than You Think
The word “surgery” can be intimidating, especially if it involves yourself. However, when it comes to oral surgery, don’t be afraid. In fact, there are a few very common oral surgery procedures that are straightforward, effective and easy to recover from. If you have been told that you need a specific oral surgery, rest assured that it is for the best interest of your overall dental health. While oral surgery can involve gum grafting or bone grafting, most types of oral surgery involve either replacing or extracting the teeth.
At Gilreath Dental Associates, we are proud to provide continuity of care for all of your dental needs, which includes oral surgery. Our office offers the following three common oral surgery procedures in a comfortable and clean environment:
Dental Implant Placement
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are the gold standard. However, this lifelong solution requires a special surgery to insert the titanium implant post into your jawbone. Most implant placements are performed under precise guidance of 3D imaging technology. Once the implant is placed, a period of healing is necessary – but the majority of this occurs underneath the gums as the implant fuses to the surrounding bone over time.
Extraction of Damaged or Diseased Teeth
While saving teeth is one of our top priorities, it is sometimes best to remove a natural tooth if it is diseased or damaged. This can eliminate the pain as well as prevent the spread of disease or infection to nearby teeth. Extractions are done when a filling or root canal would not save the tooth.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth don’t always cause trouble but it is common for your dentist to recommend removing these back set of molars to prevent disruption. Due to lack of jaw space, wisdom teeth often come in sideways or get stuck beneath the gum line. Impacted wisdom teeth can be very painful and cause consequences in your jaw, your alignment and your dental health. Wisdom teeth removal is often performed for patients ages 17 to 25. The procedure is very straightforward and most patients return to normal eating and activity within 3 to 5 days.
If you have an upcoming oral surgery scheduled at Gilreath Dental Associates, you can trust that you will be in good hands. Beyond our skilled dentist, we also surround our patients with soothing amenities and provide sedation dentistry to eliminate discomfort. Oral surgery doesn’t have to be painful or stressful.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates