An oral surgeon is a dentist who has completed an additional four to six years of schooling and training in a hospital setting to be qualified to treat various issues related to the teeth, mouth, and facial bones. In addition to treating many conditions that require surgical intervention, an oral surgeon can also perform cosmetic procedures that improve the appearance of a patient’s smile.
At Cadena Dentistry, our dentists are highly trained and have extensive experience in performing a variety of oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures to restore and ensure your long-term dental health and oral functionality.
Types of Oral Surgery
Tooth extraction is performed to remove a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. It may be necessary for various reasons, such as severe tooth decay, gum disease, dental trauma, overcrowding, or in preparation for orthodontic treatment. Simple extractions involve removing a tooth that is visible in the mouth, while surgical extractions are more complex and performed to remove impacted or partially erupted teeth.
Dental Implant Placement
Dental implant surgery involves the placement of dental implants, which are artificial tooth roots made from titanium, into the jawbone. This procedure is performed to replace missing teeth with permanent and stable restorations. The oral surgeon surgically places the implants into the jawbone, allowing them to fuse with the bone over time. Once healed, the implants can support dental crowns, bridges, or dentures.
Jaw surgery can correct jaw irregularities, misalignment, or skeletal deformities. It involves repositioning the upper, lower, or both jaws to improve function, facial aesthetics, and bite alignment. Jaw surgery may be necessary for conditions such as malocclusion, facial asymmetry, sleep apnea, or difficulty chewing, speaking, or breathing.
The Advantages of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Treatment of Complex Dental Conditions
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are equipped to handle complex dental conditions that may require surgical intervention. They can address issues such as impacted wisdom teeth, severe tooth decay, dental infections, and malocclusion through surgical procedures and treatments.
Facial Trauma Repair
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are crucial in treating facial injuries resulting from accidents, sports-related incidents, or other traumas. They are skilled in repairing facial fractures, lacerations, and soft tissue injuries, restoring function and aesthetics to the affected areas.
Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders
TMJ disorders can cause pain, discomfort, and dysfunction in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. Oral surgeons can diagnose and treat TMJ disorders through various surgical and non-surgical techniques, including arthroscopy, joint replacement, or jaw repositioning procedures.
If you have a dental condition that may require surgical intervention, visit Cadena Dentistry at 606 N Bedell Ave, Del Rio, TX 78840, or call (830) 775-3322 to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific needs.