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You probably already schedule a visit with your Clinique Dentaire Des Cedres once every six months to get your cleanings as recommended by dental professionals. For many this is not a pleasant experience but a necessary one. Healthy teeth are important for general health, though, so it is something that we do. And even if it is not your favorite thing, the dentist does their best to make sure you are comfortable. And you do your best to relax, knowing how important it is.
Even with regular cleanings, though, you may need professional assistance with one or more dental issues. As such, here are a few of the more common oral surgeries that dentists report performing on a regular basis.
IMPACTED WISDOM TEETH
This is probably the most common oral surgery performed in North America. When the wisdom teeth—also known as the “third molars”—develop they typically cause just a little bit of pain; much like the initial teething. This is hardly a problem and usually goes away. However, if this pain continues it could mean that the wisdom teeth are misaligned and “impacting” the jaw and other teeth. You must address this issue surgically if you want the pain to stop; most often just through a professional extraction by an oral surgeon.
Sometimes you lose a tooth in an accident or from tooth decay. At this point your dentists will examine your options for repair or replacement. If necessary, then, the dentist/oral surgeon will probably recommend dental implants. This essentially involves a surgical implant of a metal post, which gets embedded into the jawbone. This post will then fuse with the gum tissue and the jawbone over time to create a strong foundation for the surgeon to place a new artificial tooth, also known as a “crown.”
If you have a misaligned jaw—like an overbite or an underbite, for example—an oral surgeon may recommend jaw surgery. This is a little more complex as it involves “breaking” the jaw to correct the joint and reposition the alignment so that it looks and works better, hopefully.
Yes, an oral surgeon can actually help you with sleep apnea. Sometimes, sleep apnea is caused by excess tissue in the soft palate, which is located at the back of the throat. Basically, then, a surgeon can trim this tissue to improve air supply and alleviate these sleep problems.